Asaram bail plea verdict on Saturday

The arguments on the bail application lasted for about an hour after which the court kept the decision reserved till Saturday.

June 19, 2015 02:52 pm | Updated November 16, 2021 06:12 pm IST - Jodhpur

BJP leader Subramanian Swamy on Friday argued for bail to Asaram Bapu, jailed in a sexual assault case, before a court in Jodhpur, which reserved the decision till June 20.

The arguments on the bail application lasted for about an hour after which the court kept the decision reserved till Saturday.

After the arguments, Dr. Swamy said that he has done his best and hoped that the order would be in Asaram’s favour. “I have done my best to prove that he (Asaram) has been implicated and has been kept in prison on the basis of circumstantial evidence,” he said.

Dr. Swamy, who earlier in the day got an application signed by Asaram allowing him to argue his case, said that if the bail was not granted, he would move higher court. “I would ensure his bail because he deserves it,” he said.

Prosecution counsel P.C. Solanki, objecting to the bail, pleaded the court to look into the circumstances under which the crime has been committed.

After hearing the arguments, Additional District and Sessions judge Manoj Kumar Vyas reserved the matter for Saturday.

Later talking to reporters, the senior BJP leader said, “He (Asaram) has paid for his efforts to promote religion and service to the mankind by the powers with vested interest of anti-religion agenda.”

Dr. Swamy had met Asaram in jail on 23 April and assured him of pleading for his bail. But the senior BJP leader had failed to appear before the court on four earlier occasions.

The 73-year-old self-styled godman is currently lodged in jail after being arrested in September 2013 for allegedly sexually assaulting a minor girl in one of his ashrams.

Top News Today

Sign in to unlock member-only benefits!
  • Access 10 free stories every month
  • Save stories to read later
  • Access to comment on every story
  • Sign-up/manage your newsletter subscriptions with a single click
  • Get notified by email for early access to discounts & offers on our products
Sign in


Comments have to be in English, and in full sentences. They cannot be abusive or personal. Please abide by our community guidelines for posting your comments.

We have migrated to a new commenting platform. If you are already a registered user of The Hindu and logged in, you may continue to engage with our articles. If you do not have an account please register and login to post comments. Users can access their older comments by logging into their accounts on Vuukle.