Supreme Court questions Gujarat government over slow trial of Asaram Bapu rape case


New Delhi: The Supreme Court today has questioned the BJP government in Gujarat for the slow trial in a rape case involving self-styled godman Asaram Bapu, who is already in jail for a number of cases registered against him.

The apex court also asked the Rupani government why the rape survivor in the particular case has not been examined till now and asked it to file an affidavit in this regard.

The survivor had alleged that Asaram has sexually assaulted her between 2001 and 2006, when she was living in his ashram located in Motera, on the outskirts of Ahmedabad. Her younger sister has filed a similar complaint against Asaram’s son Narayan Sai.

The apex court had noted that trial in the matter was unnecessarily prolonged and the prosecution witnesses were being attacked, which led to the death of two witnesses.

The apex court had on November 18 last year sought the response of the Centre and five states on a plea seeking a CBI probe into the alleged murder of children and attacks on ten witnesses in the Asaram rape cases.

Asaram is lodged in the Jodhpur Central Jail and is facing prosecution under the provision of Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO) for allegedly sexually assaulting a minor girl in his ashram in the Rajasthan town in 2013.

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