Asaram rape case: verdict expected today

The Jodhpur court will pronounce the verdict in Asaram rape case on April 25

Heavy security has been deployed to prevent 77-year-old Asaram's followers from creating law and order problem in the city.

"We have imposed Section 144 of CrPC in the city from April 21 and it would remain effective till April 30".

Home ministry officials said the three states, where Asaram has a considerable number of followers, have been specifically asked to deploy additional security personnel to contain any untoward incident in case of an adverse verdict by the court on Wednesday. Asaram rape case verdict live updates here. The Jodhpur Police arrested Asaram on August 3, 2013, and since then, he is in prison.

Asaram was represented in the court by eminent lawyers such as Ram Jethmalani and Subramanian Swamy. He's applied for bail at least on seven occasions with court rejecting all his pleas. In an autobiography titled Sant Asaram Bapuji ki Jeevan Jhanki, which was published by his ashram, Asaram received formal education until his father's death and had studied only until Class III.

August 20, 2013: Victim's family file complaint against Asaram in Delhi and the case was later transferred to Jodhpur police.

On August 23, supporters of Asaram Bapu attacked Kamla Market police station in Delhi. The victim alleged that she was raped by Asaram on the night of August 15, 2013. Accused of trafficking, Asaram was arrested on 31 August, 2013.

By keeping in mind the large follower of Asaram, a special courtroom has been set up inside the Jodhpur Central Jail (JCJ) to deliver the verdict in the case.

Asaram also faces a rape charge in Gujarat's Surat city, in which the Supreme Court earlier this month gave five weeks time to the prosecution to complete the trial. The two sisters accused Asaram and his son of rape and illegal confinement. He is in judicial custody since September 2, 2013. He dies of bullet injuries.

January 11, 2015: Akhil Gupta, who worked for 10 years in Asaram's ashram, shot dead in Muzaffarnagar.

Meanwhile, earlier on Tuesday, Jodhpur Court dismissed the petition seeking entry of media persons in Central Jail for the coverage of the judgment. "She stood by her testimony throughout the trial", he told NDTV. "More than four people can't assemble in public".

March 2016: Kartik Haldar, a henchman of Asaram, arrested by Gujarat Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) from Raipur in Chhattisgarh.

7 April 2018: SC/ST Cases Special Judge Madhu Sudan Sharma hears final arguments in the Jodhpur case. Speaking to reporters, a police officer said,"Rajasthan High Court made arrangements for judgement in Asaram rape case to be pronounced inside Jodhpur Central Jail on April 25".

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