SC asks Gujarat trial court to consider Asaram rape case urgently

New Delhi [India], Apr. 12 : The Supreme Court on Wednesday asked Gujarat trial court to consider self styled godman and rape accused Asaram Bapu case urgently and finish the trial in a time bound manner.

Earlier in February, the Apex Court had directed Uttar Pradesh and Haryana Government to provide full protection to the witnesses in the Asaram rape-case.

An apex court bench headed by Justice Arjan Kumar Sikri and Justice Ashok Bhushan passed the interim order after hearing the plea filed by the lawyer of the four witnesses.

Advocate for petitioners, Utsav Bains appeared and argued before the court and sought full protection of the witnesses in the case.

The apex court on February 6 had refused to hear the self-styled godman's bail plea. Asaram had knocked the doors of the apex court seeking bail in connection with the same case. The apex court earlier on January 30 also dismissed his bail application. While refusing to modify its earlier order that denied bail to Asaram, an apex court bench headed by Chief Justice of India Jagdish Singh Khehar remained resolute on its decision.

The bail plea was sought on medical grounds. The Jodhpur Police arrested Asaram on August 3, 2013 and since then he is in prison. A teenager had accused Asaram of sexually assaulting her during celebration in a village near Jodhpur ashram.

The Gujarat Government had earlier told the top court division bench that the rape case registered against Asaram would very likely to 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 year sought the Centre's response 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's rape cases.

Source: ANI