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Asaram moves mercy plea to Raj guv, seeks dilution of life sentence

Press Trust of India  |  Jodhpur 

Self-styled godman Asaram, who was convicted for raping a minor girl, has sent a mercy to the of seeking dilution of his life sentence.

On April 25, a had sentenced to life in prison after finding him guilty of raping a teenage girl in his ashram five years ago.

Challenging the sentence, had moved high court on July 2 but the petition is yet to be listed for hearing.

On receipt of his mercy plea, the sent it to the home department seeking a detailed report on the

According to his mercy plea, has pleaded for dilution in his life sentence terming it to be a "gruelling" punishment and citing his age.

The department then forwarded the to the Jodhpur Central Jail administration, which, in turn, has sought a report from the district administration and police.

"We have received Asaram's mercy plea. We have sought a report from the district administration and police on this mercy plea," of Jodhpur Central Jail Kailash Trivedi said.

After receipt of this report, the jail administration will send it to the (Jail) of

The 16-year-old girl had said in her complaint that Asaram had called her to his ashram in the Manai area near Jodhpur and raped her on the night of August 15, 2013.

The teenager from Shahjahanpur in was studying at Asaram's ashram in Chhindwara in

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First Published: Tue, September 11 2018. 11:40 IST