Jodhpur court rejects Asaram plea seeking media gag order

Jodhpur: A local court on Tuesday rejected a petition of controversial self-styled godman Asaram Bapu, accused of sexually assaulting a 16-year-old girl, seeking a direction restraining media from reporting on the issue.

72-year-old Asaram was arrested by Jodhpur Police after midnight from his 'ashram' in Indore on 31 August.

 Jodhpur court rejects Asaram plea seeking media gag order

Controversial godman Asaram Bapu. PTI

He is currently in Jodhpur jail under judicial custody.

District and Sessions Court (Jodhpur) had completed hearing on the petition on 20 September and had reserved the order for Tuesday.

In his petition, Asaram had sought restraint on the media reporting of the issue on 6 September.

His counsel Pradeep Choudhary had argued in the court that media reports were derogatory and had maligned Asaram's image.

"The investigative agency should not be allowed to leak, pass or share any information to the media in relation to the case," he had said in the plea.

Prosecution lawyer Manish Vyas, however, told the court that media had not disclosed the identity of the victim thereby complying with the section 23 of CrPC.

He also said that there was no evidence that probe agencies have disclosed any detail to the media.

After hearing the arguments, Judge Manoj Kumar Vyas rejected the petition.

PTI

Updated Date: Sep 24, 2013 19:29:18 IST