Witness testifies in rape case against convicted self-styled godman Asaram

Asaram and his son Narayan Sai are accused of rape by two sisters from Surat in Gujarat.

Published: 04th May 2018 07:46 PM  |   Last Updated: 04th May 2018 07:46 PM   |  A+A-

Witness testifies in rape case against convicted self-styled godman Asaram (File Photo| PTI)

By IANS

GANDHINAGAR: A witness testified in a Sessions court here on Friday in a rape case in which the now-convicted self-styled godman Asaram and his son are accused, informed sources said.

Asaram and his son Narayan Sai are accused of rape by two sisters from Surat in Gujarat. While the elder sister accused Asaram of sexual assault several times at his Motera ashram in Ahmedabad between 1997 and 2006, her younger sister levelled similar charges against Sai.

Asaram, who is lodged in a Jodhpur jail, attended the Gandhinagar court hearing through video-conferencing.

"As the trial court proceedings are held in-camera, we cannot disclose anything about it as per the law. The next hearing is fixed for May 14," counsel R.C. Kodekar said.

Till date, more than two dozen witnesses have got recorded their statements in court while a few others are still to do so. The court proceedings are held in-camera due to security considerations vis-a-vis the witnesses.

Even as Asaram and his son are in jail, six witnesses have been attacked and two of them killed allegedly by the godman's followers.

Charges against Asaram in the rape case, which was transferred from Surat to Gandhinagar, were framed in March 2016. The Gujarat Police had included the names of Asaram's wife Lakshmi and daughter Bharti in the chargesheet.

Four other women were named for helping him in the alleged crime.

On April 25, a Special Court in Jodhpur convicted Asaram for raping a minor girl at his ashram in Rajasthan in 2013 and sentenced him to a prison term for life till his natural death.

The Supreme Court had adjourned Asaram's bail application in April and pulled up the Gujarat Police for its tardy investigations and said evidence must be recorded in the case within five weeks. The apex court has refused Asaram's bail plea several times.

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  • Om

    Height of A FAKE CASE levied by govt to takeover Hindu ashrams. 1. Alleged case is 13 years old, fake accuser stayed in ashram for 5 years after alleged date of fake incident. 2. In this time also brought in her youngersister to ashram, which person who has been raped will bring relative? Younger sister levies fake case on Bapujis's son Narain sai also after 12 years. 3. Both ashrams were asked to leave the ashram because of theft and then levied the charge when they were expelled. 4. Both fake accusers also accused Bapuji's wife and daughter that they had helped Bapuji and Narain sai during rape. 5. If you still believe these fake accusers you should get checked in a mental hospital.
    1 year ago reply
  • Surender Kumar

    Followers have intact faith in their spiritual guru Sant Shri Asaram Bapu Ji bcoz they know that he is innocent and victim of international conspiracy. Asaram Bapu Ji even can not think to do sexual assault of a girl. He is framed in fake charges bcoz he opposed proselytization activities of Christian missionaries. We hope he will get justice from court.
    1 year ago reply
  • Vishvesh

    Asaramji bapu is a victim of missionary conspiracy
    1 year ago reply
  • Nishant

    No Rape in FIR, Judgement & Medical Report Misuse of POCSO Law only.
    1 year ago reply
  • Nishant

    HEIGHT OF INJUSTICE & VIOLATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS !!! Innocent Sant Asaram Bapu Ji was Convicted Life Imprisonment under charges of Rape. In FIR & in Medical Report, no mention of rape. Bapuji was in another programme at that time. Shocking Judgement
    1 year ago reply
  • Yogesh

    V don't knw Why Indian Legal System let POCSO Misuse happen in INNOCENT Asaram Bapu Ji's case? N #Media420 will not be showing the actual face of that so-called girl, in this fake case.
    1 year ago reply
  • Gaurav sachdeva

    Paid media first stop misleading d nation as there is no mention of rape in FIR in d jodhpur case and neither convicted for rape so stop misleading d society
    1 year ago reply
  • HARIHARAN.D

    Even as Asaram and his son are in jail, six witnesses have been attacked and two of them killed allegedly by the godman's followers.
    1 year ago reply
  • S

    People in the society must understand how justice system works. It is my understanding, The Lawyers present the case in front of the judge. And based on what is presented the judge makes a decision. Now the judge does not see whether what is presented in front of him is actually the fact. Cause he believes in the lawyers in black robe. That is why it is said the justice is Blind. Hence what is the guarantee that whatever is presented in front of the judge is in fact the real truth? This way any body can be framed. In Bapuji's case i am reading its not just 1 rape case but more than one. Theres also the case of 2 sisters from 2004 or 2009 incident. one sister is accusing bapuji and the other sister is accusing Son (sai). The wife of bapuji is also accused of supplying girls to her own husband(Bapuji). This whole case sounds twisted. Witnesses come forward they say and the judge believes? Its not right. Are any proofs presented is my question?? Do all really believe in the judgement? The story? Please i request people to get to the bottom of it. Its not right for a Saint to be in jail if he is not guilty. India will pay for this heavily. While a victim has all the support, But similarly an innocent must not be punished. That too a Sage like Asaram Bapuji who has dedicated his entire life for the common man who is completely ignored by the government. I dont even live in India. And i can say India's common man has a very big support in the form of these saints in the society who work for them. Here overseas the citizens have all kind fo benefits from their government that are non existing in India. Namaste.
    1 year ago reply
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