The Gujarat High Court on Monday rejected the bail application moved by the Asaram, apprehending easy susceptibility of the deadly Corona virus due to his old age.
Asaram, presently 84, is lodged in Jodhpur’s Central Jail, serving life term as imposed by a Jodhpur court in connection to a rape case. He is also facing trial for another sexual assualt case before a court in Gandhinagar.
It was contended that the applicant is aged about 84 years and is suffering from various ailments. It was Further submitted that considering the age and condition of the applicant, he would be more vulnerable to the COVID-19 and therefore, this is a fit case to grant temporary bail to the applicant.
The state counsel on the other hand argued that Considering the seriousness of the alleged offences, the earlier applications for regular bail of the applicant have not been granted by this Court and by the Apex Court, and therefore, the present application for temporary bail should not be entertained.
HC held that
‘The case of the applicant also does not fall under any of the categories mentioned in the guidelines issued by the High Power Committee constituted pursuant to the order passed by the Supreme Court… It also regular bail applications were not granted by this Court as well as by the Supreme Court and dismissed the Bail Application.”
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