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Asaram verdict to be delivered inside jail on April 25

IANS  |  Jodhpur 

Apprehending trouble from thousands of followers of in case of an adverse judgment, the court will pronounce its in a rape case against him inside the premises of the here on April 25.

Considering an appeal from the Police Commissioner, a division bench of the on Tuesday ordered the trial court to deliver its inside the jail premises.

The division bench comprising Justice and Justice also issued guidelines to the Police and the District Magistrate and Collector to ensure law and order in the city on the day.

According to the high court's order, the Superintendent and the district administration have been directed to make all arrangements for proceedings inside the jail for the pronouncement of the judgment.

The Police Commissioner, anticipating a huge presence of the godman's followers in the city on the judgment day, moved the high court to seek directions to the SC/ST cases trial court for pronouncing the judgment inside the jail. He also feared that the followers could indulge in vandalism and arson after the verdict.

The final arguments in the case were completed in the court of SC/ST Cases on April 7.

was arrested in 2013 after a minor girl from Saharanpur (Uttar Pradesh) had reported sexual assault by in his ashram during her stay in Manai village on the outskirts of Jodhpur.

Thereafter, he was then brought from and jailed in the Jodhpur Several clashes have been reported between the police and his followers since then.

Asaram was booked under relevant sections of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act and the SC/ST Act and was denied bail by the

He can face a maximum of 10 years of jail if found guilty.



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First Published: Tue, April 17 2018. 22:20 IST