The Gujarat High Court on Wednesday rejected the interim bail application of the self-styled godman Asaram. It was observed by the Court that his release would lead to the congregation of his followers which would be a massive threat to the current Covid-19 situation.
The godman who is 84 years old was already being sentenced to life imprisonment on a rape case by the Jodhpur Court earlier. Now the bail application was regarding another sexual assault case in Gandhinagar Court.
The counsel on behalf of the applicant submitted to the High Court that he should be granted interim bail considering his age. It was alleged that due to his old age, he is more vulnerable to the Covid-19 pandemic situation and cited the Supreme Court case where this present case would be fit for granting bail for decongestion of prisons.
However, his bail application was rejected considering the seriousness of the crimes he has committed. It was also observed by the Court that the Rajasthan jail is taking adequate measures regarding the spread of Coronavirus in the prisons. The Court found that,
“The applicant in the present application has made a specific averment that he has number of followers all over the world and in India. Considering the said averment, it would not be apposite to release the applicant on bail in light of the prevailing situation of Covid 2019, since there is a strong possibility that on the release of the applicant, his thousands of followers will congregate to meet him, which will aggravate the distressing situation.”
It also appears his regular bail applications were not granted by this Court as well as by the Supreme Court.