Additional District Judge R A Ghoghari of Gandhinagar court on Wednesday held that Asaram cannot be released on temporary bail merely to perform last rites of his nephew, as there are other family members and brother of the deceased who can also perform the rituals.

The 73-year-old had sought temporary bail to perform funeral rituals of his nephew Shankar Pagrani (68), who died on March 19. His body has been kept in cold storage at the city civil hospital.

Public Prosecutor R C Kodekar opposed the temporary bail plea and submitted that the two brothers of the late nephew could perform last rituals.

Kodekar also contended that Asaram's release could create a law and order problem here.

However, the accused's lawyer B M Gupta told the court that his client should be released for 30 days since Pagrani had expressed his last wish that his last rites must be performed by his maternal uncle Asaram as his parents died long back.

Asaram is currently lodged in a Rajasthan jail after being arrested in September 2013 for allegedly sexually assaulting a minor girl at his Jodhpur ashram.

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