Asaram challenges conviction in rape case

Self-styled godman Asaram today filed an appeal in the Rajasthan High Court against his conviction in a rape case.

On April 25, a Jodhpur court had sentenced Asaram to life in prison after finding him guilty of raping a teenage girl in his ashram five years ago.

The high court also admitted petitions challenging the sentencing of two others in the case, according to their counsel.

We have challenged the sentencing of Asaram in the high court today. The sentencing of both the co-accused has already been challenged. The high court has asked for the records from the trial court,” his counsel Nishant Bora said.

Asaram’s accomplices Sharad and Shilpi were sentenced to 20 years in jail by the Jodhpur court.

The 16-year-old girl had said in her complaint that Asaram had called her to his ashram in the Manai area near Jodhpur and raped her on the night of August 15, 2013.

The teenager from Shahjahanpur in Uttar Pradesh was studying at Asaram’s ashram in Chhindwara in Madhya Pradesh.

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