Hours after a Jodhpur court in Rajasthan convicted self-styled godman Asaram of raping a 16-year-old girl from Shahjahanpur at his ashram, Congress Party on Wednesday shared a video on Twitter slamming Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his association with the jailed guru.
The video mocks PM Narendra Modi with the title “a man is known by the company he keeps”.
— Congress (@INCIndia) April 25, 2018
The video, which has chastising narrative, consists of an old footage of PM Narendra Modi seeking blessings from Asaram. In the footage, while addressing a gathering, the then Gujarat CM Narendra Modi can be seen talking about his association with Asaram as his support base.
Later, the video cuts into Asaram’s remarks, where he can be heard talking about convergence between “political power” and “religious power” for the development of the state. He further adds that he has been advocating the convergence of two ‘powers’ but now he as found his “Shiva”, referring to then Gujarat CM Narendra Modi.
Besides Asaram, four others — Shiva, Shilpi, Sharad and Prakash – were also convicted by the court. The chargesheet against Asaram and four other accused was filed by the police on November 6, 2013 under various sections of the POSCO Act, the Juvenile Justice Act and the IPC.
The sentence will be pronounced soon.
Asaram Trust spokesperson Neelam Dubey said they have “confidence in the judiciary” adding that they “will discuss with legal team and then decide the future course of action”.
Final arguments in the Asaram case had been completed by the special court for SC/ST cases on April 7, and the court had reserved the order for April 25.
Asaram was arrested in Indore and brought to Jodhpur on September 1, 2013. He has been in judicial custody since September 2, 2013.
Asaram is also facing a rape case in Surat in Gujarat in which the Supreme Court earlier this month gave five weeks time to the prosecution to complete the trial.