A court docket in Gandhinagar in Gujarat on Monday held jailed self-styled godman Asaram responsible in a 2013 rape case through which he and 6 others have been arraigned as accused.
The quantum of Punishment will probably be introduced tomorrow (Tuesday).
The court docket acquitted six different accused, together with Asaram’s spouse, because of the lack of proof.
As per the FIR lodged at Chandkheda police station in Ahmedabad, Asaram Bapu allegedly raped the girl on a number of events from 2001 to 2006 when she was residing at his ashram on the outskirts of town.
“The court docket has accepted the prosecution case and convicted Asaram underneath sections 376 2(C) (rape), 377 (unnatural offences) and different provisions of the Indian Penal Code for unlawful detention, amongst others,” particular public prosecutor RC Kodekar stated on Monday.
The controversial godman is at the moment lodged in jail in Jodhpur in one other rape case.
A Surat-based girl had filed a case of rape and unlawful confinement in opposition to Asaram Bapu and 7 others, one in every of whom died in the course of the pendency of the trial, in October 2013.
A chargesheet was filed in July 2014.
Asaram and 6 others, comprising his spouse Lakshmi, daughter Bharti and 4 girls followers Dhruvben, Nirmala, Jassi and Meera, had been examined by the court docket underneath part 313 of the CrPC.
Asaram was in 2018 sentenced to life in jail till dying by a Jodhpur court docket in neighbouring Rajasthan for raping a young person in August 2013. He’s at the moment lodged in Jodhpur central jail.
The Gandhinagar court docket heard a rape case lodged in opposition to him at Ahmedabad’s Chandkheda police station in 2013. Asaram was accused of rape, unnatural intercourse, wrongful confinement, felony conspiracy and inflicting disappearance of proof, amongst different offences.
The six co-accused, together with his spouse and daughter, had been charged with abetment, unlawful confinement and conspiracy.
The Surat police had, on October 6, 2021, registered complaints filed by two sisters, one in opposition to Asaram and the opposite in opposition to his son Narayan Sai, of rape, sexual assault, unlawful confinement and different prices.
The grievance in opposition to Asaram was transferred to Chandkheda police station in Ahmedabad for the reason that incident passed off in an ashram.
(With PTI enter)
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