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Sexual assault case: Chargesheet against Asaram likely today

Updated: October 26, 2013, 8:15 AM IST
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Sexual assault case: Chargesheet against Asaram likely today
The court on Friday extended Asaram's judicial custody after the probe agency sought one more day to submit the chargesheet.

Jodhpur: Jodhpur police is likely to file the chargesheet against self-styled Asaram and 4 others in the Jodhpur sexual assault case on Saturday. A sessions court in Jodhpur on Friday had extended his judicial custody by a day.

The sessions court extended their judicial custody after probe agency sought one more day to submit charge sheet against them. "The Investigating Officer (IO) told the court that the police would file the charge sheet tomorrow," prosecution lawyer Pradeep Choudhary said.

However, police officials associated with the probe were giving different versions about the filing the charge sheet. A senior police official said that there is no possibility of filing the charge sheet before Monday. "We need at least two to three more days to file the charge sheet, and it is most likely to be filed on Monday," said the official adding that it is almost ready.

Choudhary said that if the police files the charge sheet on Saturday, all the five accused including Asaram will have to be present in the court. Otherwise, the court will simply extend the custody further till the day the police will finally files the charge sheet.

Meanwhile, Asaram appealed the court to not to send him elsewhere in future for any investigation. Referring to the journey from Jodhpur to Ahmedabad, he said that it was a "very taxing and painful". Asaram said he was put in a police van, and was still suffering from back pain. The court, however, did not comment on his pleading.

Asaram, 72, was arrested in August on the charge of sexually assaulting a minor girl and has been in prison at Jodhpur since then.

He has also been slapped with a fresh police case along with his son on October 6 following a complaint of sexual assault against them by two sisters in Surat.

(With additional inputs from PTI)

First Published: October 26, 2013, 8:15 AM IST
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