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Asaram case: SC asks Gujarat court to finish trial soon

SNS | New Delhi |

In a major development to the self-styled godman Asaram Bapu case, the Supreme Court on Wednesday asked the Gujarat trial court to expedite proceedings urgently and finish the trail in a time-bound manner.

A bench comprising Chief Justice J S Khehar and Justices DY Chandrachud and SK Kaul asked the trial court to expedite evidence recording of prosecution witnesses in a sexual assault case against Asaram.

In February this year, the top court also slapped a fine of Rs.1 lakh on Asaram, and turned down his fresh plea for a bail on health grounds.

The apex court had in October last year sought response from the Centre as well as five states on a plea seeking a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probe into attacks on ten witnesses in rape cases involving Asaram Bapu.

Asaram has been in jail since 2013 after a teenager accused him of sexually assaulting her during a celebration in a village near Jodhpur ashram.