District and Sessions Judge (Rural) of Jodhpur Manoj Vyas put off the hearing till Wednesday to allow the prosecution argue on the bail plea, Asaram's lawyer KK Manan said.

Asaram, 72, who was arrested from his ashram in Indore in Madhya Pradesh last week, sought bail claiming that police erred in booking him under rape charge, which is non-bailable.

He claimed the minor girl's complaint against him amounted to rape attempt. Manan told the Court that the spiritual guru should be granted bail as the charge of rape attempt was bailable. Asaram was on Monday sent to 14 days' judicial custody by a Jodhpur Court.

Earlier, police on Monday said that they sought no extension of police remand as their course of initial investigation and questioning was over. "Our investigation was complete so we sought no extension of the police custody. The accused has cooperated with us," DCP Ajay Lamba told reporters.
    
"Our case is very strong and we have vital evidences against the accused. We are moving in the right direction. We will file chargesheet in the case soon,” he added.
    
After the hearing, some people who had gathered outside the court shouted slogans welcoming its order. Asaram was arrested amid high drama on the intervening night of Saturday in Indore and was brought to Jodhpur for interrogation.
    
Asked about reports that Asaram was suffering from a neurological disorder, the DCP said, "It has been proved to be a lie. His son can say what he wants to say. We can't comment on anybody's statement".
   
 "A team of doctors said he is perfectly OK. He is mentally and physically fit," Lamba said, adding that the accused is also taking food whenever served.  Asaram had on Sunday cleared a potency test conducted on him at the SN Medical College. He was also taken to his Manai Ashram, about 30 km from Jodhpur, where the girl was allegedly sexually assaulted.
   
Police had conducted a physical verification and tried to recreate the scene of crime. Asaram's arrest followed an FIR filed by the girl alleging she was sexually assaulted by him at his ashram. He has denied the charges.

(Agencies)

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Hearing on Asaram’ bail plea today

    

Jodhpur: Self-styled godman Asaram Bapu’s bail plea will come up for hearing on Tuesday. Asaram, accused of sexually assaulting a 16-year-old girl at his ashram, has been remanded in 14-day judicial custody by a local court. His is currently lodged in the Jodhpur Central jail

    

Earlier, police on Monday said they sought no extension of police remand as their course of initial investigation and questioning was over. "Our investigation was complete so we sought no extension of the police custody. The accused has cooperated with us," DCP Ajay Lamba told reporters.

    

"Our case is very strong and we have vital evidences against the accused. We are moving in the right direction. We will file chargesheet in the case soon,” he added.

    

After the hearing, some people who had gathered outside the court shouted slogans welcoming its order. Asaram was arrested amid high drama on the intervening night of Saturday in Indore and was brought to Jodhpur for interrogation.

    

Asked about reports that Asaram was suffering from a neurological disorder, the DCP said, "It has been proved to be a lie. His son can say what he wants to say. We can't comment on anybody's statement".

           

 "A team of doctors said he is perfectly OK. He is mentally and physically fit," Lamba said, adding that the accused is also taking food whenever served.  Asaram had on Sunday cleared a potency test conducted on him at the SN Medical College. He was also taken to his Manai Ashram, about 30 km from Jodhpur, where the girl was allegedly sexually assaulted.

           

Police had conducted a physical verification and tried to recreate the scene of crime. Asaram's arrest followed an FIR filed by the girl alleging she was sexually assaulted by him at his ashram. He has denied the charges.

 

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