The trial of controversial self-styled godman Asaram Bapu and four other accused in the case of alleged sexual assault on a minor will begin at a court here on December 4.

The District and Sessions Court took cognisance of charges against Asaram and the four co-accused on Wednesday and deferred the matter for trial till December 4.

Following directions of Rajasthan High Court, the trial will take place on day-to-day basis and will be completed in a period of 60 days.

Asaram, 75, was arrested in August on charges of sexually assaulting a minor girl at his Jodhpur ashram and has been in prison here since then.

The other accused in the case are Sanchita Gupta alias Shilpi, the warden of Asaram’s ashram in Chhindwara, his cook Prakash, aide Shiva and ashram director Sharad Chandra.

The Jodhpur Police had filed the charge sheet in the case on November 6 after an investigation of 77 days.

Besides this case, Asaram and his son Narayan Sai are also accused in a case of sexual assault lodged by two Surat-based sisters. - PTI