NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Monday refused to give interim relief to self- styled godman Asaram Bapu saying there is no medical urgency and directed him to undergo medical test at the AIIMS.
A Bench headed by Justice T S Thakur, which said that special treatment can’t be given like this, asked the state to see as to how Asaram would be brought from Jodhpur jail to Delhi.“Can there be different criteria for different prisoners? Let your medical report first come,” the Bench said. According to the SC, it will hear his plea in January. The court had on October 15 directed the AIIMS Director to set up a medical board to review medical reports and if required clinically examine Asaram to ascertain whether interim bail should be granted to him.Charges have been framed against the septuagenarian self-styled godman for rape, criminal conspiracy and other offences by a Jodhpur court in connection with alleged sexual exploitation of a minor girl at his ashram in Jodhpur.
Attack on Scribes
The Supreme Court on Monday issued notice to the Centre and Haryana government on alleged assault by police on media persons during an operation to arrest ‘godman’ Rampal in Hisar and sought their response on a plea of some journalists seeking judicial investigation into the incident.