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April 23, 2018
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The Apex Court asked the State Government to File an Affidavit in this Regard & Posted the Matter for Further Hearing after Diwali.

The Supreme Court on Monday Questioned the Gujarat Government over the Slow Pace of Trial in the Rape Case Involving Self-Styled God-man Asaram Bapu.A Bench Comprising Justices N.V. Ramanna & Amitava Roy asked the State Government why the Victim has not been Examined till now.

It asked the State Government to File an Affidavit in this Regard & Posted the Matter for further Hearing after Diwali.

The Apex Court had on April 12 asked the Trial Court in Gujarat to Expedite the Recording of Evidence of Prosecution Witnesses in a Sexual Assault Case Lodged by 2 Surat-Based Sisters against the Self-Styled God-man.

The Court had asked the Surat Trial Court to Record the Testimonies of 46 remaining Prosecution Witnesses including the Alleged Rape Victims.

Earlier, the Top Court had Refused to Grant Bail to Asaram on Various Grounds Including his Poor Health in 2 Separate Sexual Assault Cases Lodged in Rajasthan & Gujarat.

The Apex Court, while Dismissing his Bail Plea on January 30, had Observed that Asaram had Placed a “Fictitious Document” to Persuade the Court to Grant him Bail & had Ordered Registration of an FIR against those Responsible for Preparing & Filing the Alleged Fake Papers.

The 2 Surat-based Sisters had Lodged Separate Complaints against Asaram & his son Narayan Sai, Accusing them of Rape & Illegal Confinement, among other Charges.

The Elder Sister, in her complaint against Asaram, had Accused Him of Repeated Sexual Assaults between 2001 & 2006 when she was Staying at his Ashram near Ahmedabad.In the Case in Rajasthan, a Teenage Girl had Accused him of Sexual Assault at his Ashram in Manai Village near Jodhpur.

The Girl, who Belonged to Shahjahanpur in Uttar Pradesh, was a Student Living in the Ashram.

The Apex Court had Noted that Trial in the Matter was Unnecessarily Prolonged & the Prosecution Witnesses were being Attacked, which Led to the Death of 2 Witnesses.

The Apex Court on November 18 last Year Sought the Response of the Center & 5 States on a Plea Seeking a CBI Probe into the Alleged Murder of Children & Attacks on 10 Witnesses in the Asaram Rape Cases.

He was Arrested by Jodhpur Police on August 31, 2013 & has been in Jail since then.