New Delhi, Jun 10 (ILNS) An application has been filed in the Supreme Court, opposing the grant of bail to self-styled Godman Asharam Bapu, convicted in a rape caee.
The petition has been filed by the father of the rape victim through Advocate Utsav Bains, apprehending that his daughter and his family could be killed by Bapu’s followers.
According to the plea, Asaram is highly influential and politically connected and has a force of millions of blind followers around the country. The Spiritual Guru also has a hired killer Kartik Haldar, who attacked and killed eyewitnesses. He confessed to the Police that the petitioner (Asaram) ordered the killings.
Ten eyewitnesses have been attacked and three of them died and in all likelihood, the petitioner if granted bail, will organise revenge killing of the child rape victim and her family and of the rape victim and eyewitnesses pending at Surat, Gujarat.
The victim’s father has stated that during the course of the trial, he and his family members were threatened with dire consequences.
“Our nation unfortunately also on a frequent basis, witnesses cases of honour killing and the father of the
child-rape victim is apprehensive that his daughter and
his family could be killed in honor killing by the
followers/henchmen of the powerful self-styled Godman, the application read.
It is alleged that the Uttar Pradesh Police is yet to question, interrogate or arrest Asaram or even make him an accused after registering an FIR against him, despite the fact that Haldar confessed to the police that he shot dead a key eyewitness on the orders of Bapu.
The applicant / victim father has claimed that he has been threatened by the followers of Asaram and the government of Uttar Pradesh has reduced security of the applicant and his family and they are again very vulnerable to murderous attacks by the followers of the Asaram.
The applicant stated that he and his daughter are very apprehensive now that they would be killed in the same manner, if Asaram is granted bail for medical reasons.
It is further contended that Asaram is a habitual offender and facing trial for similar serious offences of rape before the Sessions Court at Gandhinagar, Gujarat and a criminal case before a Metropolitan Magistrate at Jodhpur.
The applicant has further contended that Asaram
is making continuous efforts to secure bail on
medical grounds at least since 2014 and for the said
reasons, he has approached this Supreme Court on a number of occasions, however, on every occasion, the
medical condition of Asaram was examined by a team of doctors and every time, his condition was
found to be stable and his prayers for release on medical grounds were rejected by the apex court.
Earlier, the Rajasthan High Court had dismissed the bail application of Asaram with the directions to the district and jail administration to ensure that proper treatment is provided to the convict, in response of which Asaram had moved the top Court, seeking bail for his medical treatment at an Ayurvedic centre. ILNS//RJ