Verdict in Rape Case Against Asaram to Be Heard From Jail Court
The Jodhpur High Court on Tuesday, 17 April, ruled that the verdict in the rape case against self-styled godman Asaram Bapu will be heard from a jail court to avoid any law and order situation in the city.
The judgment in the case is scheduled for 25 April.
The court was hearing a plea filed by the Rajasthan Police requesting the judiciary not to pronounce the judgment in the case from the court as it may lead to clashes between the security forces and the godman's followers in the court premises.
Speaking to PTI, Police commissioner Ashok Rathore refuted reports that the police had urged the court to shift the pronouncement date in the case from 25 April to 17 April.
In its application, the police had stated that there would be a huge presence of Asaram's followers in the city on the judgment day, and that the followers might indulge in arson after the pronouncement in the case.
The forces also noted in their plea that such a step was also necessary for the safety and security of Asaram and the general public.
The special SC/ST trial court had completed the final arguments in the case on 7 April.
Two Surat-based sisters had lodged separate complaints against Asaram and his son Narayan Sai, accusing them of rape and illegal confinement, among other charges.
(With inputs from PTI.)