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Self-styled godman Asaram Bapu convicted, jailed for life in 2013 rape case

Self-styled godman Asaram Bapu convicted, jailed for life in 2013 rape case

The self-styled godman could be handed out a punishment of up to 10 years in prison.

He is also on trial in another rape case in western Gujarat state.

Jodhpur: Nearly five years after rape charges were levelled against self-styled godman, Asaram Bapu, the Jodhpur Schedule Caste and Schedule Tribe Court has convicted him along with two others today.

A 16-year-old girl accused Asaram of raping her after her parents were "tricked" into taking her to his ashram near Jodhpur in 2013 allegedly so she could be "exorcised from evil spirits".

Asaram Bapu was arrested in 2013 on the complaint filed by a teenage girl from Uttar Pradesh's Shahajahanpur. This irked Asaram and he suddenly appeared at Bhopal airport in the afternoon of August 31, 2013.

As per the directions of the Rajasthan High Court, the trial court will announce its verdict in the case in Jodhpur Central Jail premises. Apart from this case, he faces another rape case in the neighboring state of Gujarat. He has been in judicial custody since September 2, 2013. The case was then shifted to Jodhpur and an FIR was lodged. Later in November 2017, a key witness, Rahul Sachan, went missing from Kaiserbagh bus stand in Lucknow.

On May 13, 2015, an nearly identical attempt was made to kill Mahender Chawla, 37, who worked as Narayan Sai's personal assistant until July 2005 and is a prosecution witness in all the three cases against Asaram and his son. He dies of bullet injuries. Section 144 of CRPC will be imposed in Jodhpur till April 30.We appeal to the public to follow the order.




Asaram's legal team had also questioned the age of the girl, claiming she was not a minor and had repeated the seventh grade.

8 July 2015: Sudha Pathank, another witness, turns hostile.

In March 2016, an alleged henchman of Asaram - Kartik Haldar- was arrested from Raipur in Chhattisgarh. For this, a special court was prepared in the jail.

January 2018: Court fines Asaram Rs 1 lakh for submitting false medical evidence in his bail petition.

6 April 2018: Supreme Court pulls up Gujarat Police over slow progress in Surat case.

The final arguments in the case were completed in the Jodhpur court on April 7, which reserved the order for Wednesday.

The crime carries a minimum sentence of ten years in jail, with sentencing set for later on Wednesday, although prosecutors are seeking a life term.

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