Dehradun: Self-styled preacher Asaram has suffered a major setback from the Supreme Court. The court on Tuesday rejected the bail application seeking temporary suspension of sentence for medical treatment at an Ayurveda center in Uttarakhand and interim bail of 2 months for Ayurvedic treatment. A Jodhpur court on April 25, 2018, sentenced Asaram to life imprisonment after he was convicted of raping a girl in his ashram in 2013.
Earlier, opposing Asaram's bail application, the father of a rape victim had moved the Supreme Court expressing the danger to the lives of his family members. Asaram's pending petition had appealed for intervention. The rape victim's father had said in his application, "Asaram is very influential and has political contact."
The petitioner has a crowd of lakhs of blind devotees across the country and a man named Karthik Haldar, who killed and attacked eyewitnesses with betel nut, has admitted to the police that the petitioner had ordered him for murder. He had said that 10 eyewitnesses have been attacked so far and there is every apprehension that Asaram, if granted bail, should kill and avenge the rape victim, her family, and the eyewitnesses of the pending case in Surat.