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SC dismisses bail plea of Asaram, says it's devoid of merit

The Supreme Court today rejected the bail plea of self-styled godman Asaram, who is accused in two rape cases. Refusing to modify its earlier order to grant him interim bail, the apex court said the
India TV News Desk New Delhi January 30, 2017 12:35 IST
India TV News Desk

The Supreme Court today rejected the bail plea of self-styled godman Asaram, who is accused in two rape cases.

Refusing to modify its earlier order to grant him interim bail, the apex court said the instant plea is devoid of merit and hence dismissed.

Asaram had knocked the doors of the apex court seeking bail on medical grounds.

This was the seventh bail application of the 74-year-old that has been rejected by the court. He was sent to jail in August 2013 for allegedly sexually assaulting a 16-year-old school girl.

The Gujarat Government had earlier told the top court division bench that the rape case registered against Asaram would very likely proceed in an expeditious manner, adding that the trial would be completed within six months so the bail should not be granted to him in the case.

The apex court had in October last month sought the response of the Centre and five states on a plea seeking a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probe into the alleged murder of children through black magic and attacks on ten witnesses in Asaram Bapu rape cases.

The petitioners have prayed for a court monitored investigation by a SIT or the CBI into attacks on 10 witnesses, murder of three witnesses, into the murder of a child for black magic by Narayan Sai and Asaram in Jhabua Madhya Pradesh, into the mysterious deaths of two children at the Motera Ashram, Gujarat and two more children at Chhindwara, Madhya Pradesh and for protection of the life of the witnesses, who have been attacked and their families by Central Security Force (BSF, CRPF, CISF or others) and for a National Witness Protection Program.