The judge hearing the case pertaining to controversial godman Asaram Bapu's sexual assault on a minor received a postcard on Thursday warning him of “dire consequences” if he did not let the 72-year-old walk out on bail when the court assembles for the next hearing.
Asaram's bail plea is slated to come up for hearing on October 1. As soon as the issue was brought to the notice of the authorities by district and sessions judge Manoj Kumar Vyas, the police increased security cover in and around his residence.
It may be noted that this is the second instance of officials involved in the case allegedly receiving threats from supporters of Asaram Bapu, accused of sexually assaulting a 16-year-old girl inside his ashram in Jodhpur on August 15. Earlier, police officials in Jodhpur had also complained of similar warnings.
Police sources said that the postcard had apparently been sent from the Gulbarga district of Karnataka. Addressed to the judge, it reportedly says: “You have committed a grave sin by sending Bapu to jail. If you do not grant him bail, be prepared to face the consequences”.
It is learnt that an investigation to track the sender is already underway. Jodhpur police official Ajaypal Lamba, who is leading the investigation into the sexual assault charges against the spiritual guru, had earlier reportedly received threats by fax.