Today Jodhpur court will give verdict in the rape case against Asaram Bapu. Considering the security issues and trouble from thousands of followers of Asaram in case of a judgment that fpund him guilty, a division bench of the Rajasthan High Court on Tuesday considered Jodhpur Police Commissioner’s appeal and ordered the trial court to deliver the verdict inside the jail premises.
The division bench comprising Justice Gopal K. Vyas and Justice Ram Chandra Singh Jhala also issued guidelines to the Jodhpur Police Commissioner and the District Magistrate and Collector to ensure law and order in the city on Wednesday.
According to the court’s order, the Central Jail Superintendent and the district administration have been directed to make all arrangements for proceedings inside the jail for the pronouncement of the judgment.With a special SC/ST court in Jodhpur all set to pronounce its verdict in the 2013 rape case on April 25, the authorities are slated to deploy scores of security personnel to ensure that his followers do no create any law and order problem in the city.
A teenage girl had accused Asaram of sexual assault at his ashram in Manai village near Jodhpur. The girl, who belonged to Shahjahanpur was a student living in the ashram then.
Asaram, who is in jail since August 31, 2013, was charged under relevant sections of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act and the Scheduled Castes and Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act.