The Jodhpur Schedule Caste and Schedule Tribe Court sentenced self-styled godman Asaram to life imprisonment for raping a minor in 2013. Two other accused sentenced to 20 years in jail. The three accused, including Asaram have been convicted for raping a 16-year-old girl in an ashram. Two other accused have been acquitted by Jodhpur Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe Court in a rape case. The judgement in the case was pronounced inside the Jodhpur Central Jail. Earlier, Jodhpur Court dismissed the petition seeking entry of media persons in Central Jail of Jodhpur for the coverage of Asaram Bapu rape case judgment.
Security was stepped up today in Jodhpur where prohibitory orders have already been clamped ahead of the verdict. Security has also been beefed up outside Asaram rape case victim’s residence. The Union Home Ministry had reportedly asked Rajasthan, Gujarat and Haryana to tighten security and deploy additional forces. Asaram unsuccessfully moved 12 bail applications, of which six were rejected by the trial court, three by the Rajasthan high court and three by the Supreme Court.
02.37 pm: Asaram’s lawyer says they will move High Court against the verdict.
02.34 pm: Asaram sentenced to life imprisonment for raping minor in 2013, breaks down on hearing verdict
02.33 pm: Two other accused sentenced to 20 years in jail
02.13 pm: According to TV reports, Asaram refused to eat lunch
12.30 pm: Farhan Akhtar asks people to stop sharing pics of PM Narendra Modi with Asaram after the controversial godman was convicted in a rape case.
11.30 am: Congress leader Ashok Gehlot on Asaram’s verdict the time has come when people should be able to differentiate between the actual saints and the frauds, as this creates a bad image of the country in the international arena said that.
11.15 am: Correction: Three accused including Asaram convicted, two other accused acquitted by Jodhpur Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe Court in a rape case.
10.55 am: Father of Shahjahanpur victim said that now Asaram is convicted, we have got justice. I want to thank everyone who supported us in this fight.
10.50 am: Neelam Dubey, Asaram spokesperson said that they will discuss the further course of action.
10.44 am: Asaram and all other accused have been convicted by Jodhpur Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe Court in a rape case.
9.30 am: Followers of Asaram in Ahmedabad praying ahead of verdict.
8.55 am: Prayers underway at Asaram’s ashram in Bhopal.
8.40 am: Supporters hold prayers at Asaram’s ashram in Varanasi.
8.20 am: A follower of Asaram who had reached Jodhpur Central Jail with a garland has been detained by police.
8.15 am : Judge reaches Jodhpur Central Jail to pronounce verdict.
8.10 am: Security tightened at Jodhpur jail ahead of Asaram Bapu’s case verdict.