Court defers framing of charges in rape case against Asaram

Court defers framing of charges in rape case against Asaram

Court defers framing of charges in rape case against Asaram

The Gandhinagar district court today postponed framing of charges against self-styled godman Asaram in a rape case as he could not be present in the court.

Additional district judge R A Ghoghari adjourned the proceedings to June 10.The Superintendent of Jodhpur jail, where Asaram is lodged, informed the court in a letter that he could not be sent here because a local court was hearing on a day-to-day basis a rape case filed by a minor girl against Asaram.

Special prosecutor R C Kodekar said that Asaram's presence was necessary to frame the charges. With Asaram in Jodhpur jail and his wife and co-accused Lakshmiben under treatment, the court could not frame the charges, he said.

The case before Gandhinagar court relates to a complaint filed by a Surat-based woman who has accused Asaram of raping her many times when she was living in his Ashram.

The charge-sheet, which also names his wife Lakshmiben, daughter Bharti and four women followers Dhruvben, Nirmala, Jassi and Meera, was filed last January.

The complainant's sister has filed a rape case against Asaram's son Narayan Sai.Asaram is facing another rape case in Jodhpur in Rajasthan.

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