Plea to an­nounce Asaram case ver­dict from jail court

DNA (Delhi) - - INDIA -

Jodhpur: The Jodhpur High Court will on Tues­day hear a plea by the Ra­jasthan Po­lice to pro­nounce the judge­ment in a rape case against self-styled god­man Asaram Bapu in a jail court to avoid any law and or­der sit­u­a­tion in the city.

The judge­ment in the case is sched­uled for April 25.

Po­lice com­mis­sioner Ashok Rathore said the forces have re­quested the ju­di­ciary not to pro­nounce the judge­ment 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. He also re­futed re­ports that the po­lice had urged the court to shift the pro­nounce­ment date in the case from April 25 to April 17.

“We have moved an ap­pli­ca­tion re­quest­ing the pro­nounce­ment of judge­ment in the case in the jail’s court in view of the threat to law and or­der sit­u­a­tion in the city,” Ad­di­tional Ad­vo­cate Gen­eral S K Vyas said. In its ap­pli­ca­tion, the po­lice have 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 April 7.

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.

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