Asaram Bapu's Bail Plea Rejected For The Sixth Time

20/06/2015 4:30 PM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:25 AM IST
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Indian spiritual guru Asaram Bapu (C, in white) is escorted by state police as he arrives at a local court in Gandhinagar, some 30 kms. from Ahmedabad, on October 15, 2013. The court ordered the spiritual guru to be under police custody until October 19 in connection with a sexual assault case. AFP PHOTO / Sam PANTHAKY (Photo credit should read SAM PANTHAKY/AFP/Getty Images)

JODHPUR -- Self-styled 'godman' Asaram Bapu, who is in jail since September 2013 for allegedly raping a minor, was today denied bail by a court here, the sixth time his plea for relief has been turned down.

Additional District and Sessions Judge Manoj Kumar Vyas rejected the bail application of 73-year-old Asaram, stating that an accused in a crime of such nature does not deserve bail.

BJP leader Subramanian Swamy had yesterday argued on Asaram's behalf. He had contended that the entire case had been fabricated and Asaram deserved to be released on bail.

The court had reserved its order for today.

Opposing the bail plea, prosecution counsel PC Solanki had said that the court must look into the circumstances of the alleged crime, including the age of the victim, before coming to a decision.

Earlier, two bail petitions of Asaram were turned down by lower court. He had twice unsuccessfully approached the High Court and was also denied relief by the Supreme Court.

Asaram is lodged in a jail here following his arrest in September 2013 for allegedly sexually assaulting a minor girl in one of his ashrams.

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