Self-styled godman Asaram filed an appeal in the Rajasthan High Court on Monday challenging his conviction in a rape case.
A Jodhpur court had on April 25 this year sentenced Asaram to life term after pronouncing him guilty in the rape a teenage girl in his ashram five years ago.
The court also admitted petitions filed by two others sentenced in the case, their counsel said.
“We have challenged the sentencing of Asaram in the high court today. The sentencing of both the co-accused has already been challenged. The high court has asked for the records from the trial court,” his counsel Nishant Bora said on Monday.
The Jodhpur court had sentenced Sharad and Shilpi, Asaram’s accomplices, to 20 years in jail.
The victim in the case, a 16-year-old girl, had said in her complaint that Asaram had called her to his ashram in Manai area near Jodhpur and raped her on the night of August 15, 2013.
The teenager from Shahjahanpur in Uttar Pradesh was studying at Asaram’s ashram in Chhindwara, Madhya Pradesh.
(With agency inputs)