Asaram's plea on media restriction rejected

Last Updated: Mon, Oct 21, 2013 10:44 hrs

New Delhi: In another setback to self-styled godman Asaram Bapu, the Supreme Court on Monday declined to refrain media from reporting on sexual assault cases against him.

The court, however, directed the media to report on cases involving the self-styled godman sensibly.

Asaram Bapu in his plea urged the court to restrict the media from carrying out speculative reports about him, his family and ashrams.

Asaram Bapu's police custody till Oct 22 in connection with a sexual assault case.

A Jodhpur court had earlier given his custody to the Gujarat Police.

The complaint was lodged by two sisters in Gujarat's Surat city.

While the elder sister had alleged that she was raped by Asaram, the younger one had accused his son of committing the same crime in Surat.

They said that they are Asaram's followers and the incidents reportedly took place between 2002 and 2004.

Asaram was sent to the Jodhpur Central Jail on Sept 2 after the court remanded him to a 14-day judicial custody first for assaulting a minor.

Earlier, Asaram passed potency test, which established that he is medically fit and sexually potent.

The 15-year-old girl, who was staying at Asaram's hostel in Rajasthan's Jodhpur, had filed a First Information Report (FIR) at Kamla market police station in Delhi alleging she was sexually assaulted by the godman.

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