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SC refuses to restrain media from reporting on cases against Asaram

Oct 21, 2013 12:31 PM IST India India

New Delhi: There has been no relief for self-styled godman Asaram from the Supreme Court as far as the media reporting of his cases is concerned. The Supreme Court has refused to restrain media reporting in the cases against him.

However, the court has cautioned media organisations to report responsibly on any pending criminal matters. The court has also given the liberty to Asaram to approach court again if it feels there is a violation of media guidelines.

Asaram Bapu had urged the Supreme Court to restrain the media from carrying speculative reports about him, his family and his ashrams in the wake of rape allegations against him. Senior counsel Vikas Singh, in a mention before an apex court bench headed by Chief Justice P Sathasivam, said that there was no objection to media correctly reporting the court proceedings but it should be restrained from carrying speculative reports portraying his ashrams as some kind of brothels.

There were 10,000 boys and girls studying in the ashrams of his client and the media reports were adversely affecting them, counsel said.

Meanwhile, Surat DCP Shobha Bhutada has filed a complaint alleging that she has been getting threat calls from Asaram's supporters. The DCP has claimed that she has been told to stop looking for Asaram's son Narayan Sai in connections with the sexual assault case or she will be shot.

"Shobha Bhutada received a threatening phone call saying she should stop looking for Asaram's son Narayan Sai or she would be shot. The mobile number used is registered to a Dashrat Singh in MP," said Inspector CK Patel.

She has now filed a police complaint at the Umra Police Station. Asaram and his son Narayan Sai have both been accused in a sexual assault case by two Surat-based sisters.

Narayan Sai has been on the run despite a lookout notice against him. His anticipatory bail plea will be heard in a Surat court on Monday.