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SC defers hearing bail plea moved by Asharam Bapu citing ill health

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New Delhi, Jun 11 (ILNS) The Supreme Court today deferred hearing the interim bail plea filed by rape convict and self-styled godman Asharam Bapu, challenging a Rajasthan High Court order, which dismissed his plea for temporary suspension of sentence to avail ayurvedic medical treatment.

A Divisional Bench of Justice Indira Banerjee and Justice MR Shah has posted the matter for further hearing on June 15.

Earlier on June 8, A Bench of Justice Navin Sinha and Justice Ajay Rastogi had noted, “We have received the reply last evening and we have not read it. List the matter on Friday. In the meanwhile, the state should file the Rejoinder affidavit.”

The Supreme Court had issued notice on the petition filed by the spiritual guru, who has been given a life sentence for raping a 16-year-old girl. Asharam was convicted of the 2013 attack on the girl, a devotee at his ashram in Jodhpur, by a court in the city’s jail.

The Rajasthan Government has filed its affidavit stating, “Asharam deliberately doing this to delay pending trail at Gandhi Nagar and Jodhpur and he is stable and fit” in a plea filed by godman Asharam Bapu challenging a Rajasthan High Court order dismissing his plea for temporary suspension of sentence to avail ayurvedic medical treatment.

“Asharam has made a third attempt to get his sentence suspended, under the garb of medical treatment. In the previous round of petitions, the accused had prayed for immediate medical surgery of his ailment, through allopathic method, which failed and now through present petition he has raised his concern to get his treatment from Ayurveda. Asharam has placed on record clinical summary on 17th Feb 2021 issued by MM Hospital Jodhpur, wherein he was advised coronary angiography, which was refused by him” the affidavit said.

The State of Rajasthan in its affidavit submitted that Asaram under the garb of his medical treatment, desiring to get his sentence suspended has made two attempts of this kind earlier also, in the year 2014 and 2016 and both previous times, the apex court had created a committee of Doctors which had found that Asharam’s heath condition is stable and was not as critical that it would require any surgical management of the disease. ILNS/GM/RJ

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