Asaram Bapu’s parole plea rejected

Jodhpur (Rajasthan): The Jodhpur District Parole Committee on Thursday rejected the plea of self-styled godman Asaram Bapu for a 20-day parole.

In April, Asaram was sentenced to life imprisonment by the Jodhpur Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe Court after he was found guilty of raping a minor girl in Manai village near Jodhpur on August 15, 2013.

The court had also sentenced two other accused, Shilpi and Sharad, to 20 years each in jail in connection with the same case.

Asaram was found guilty under various charges, including sections 370(4) (trafficking), 342 (wrongful confinement), 354A (outraging modesty), 376 (rape), 506 (criminal intimidation), 109, 120 B (criminal conspiracy) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), and some sections of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act.

Earlier, the self-styled godman’s nephew had reportedly contended that Asaram has already spent five years in the jail and was, hence, eligible for parole.