Spiritual leader Asaram Bapu, who is in jail over the charges of rape.
Spiritual leader Asaram Bapu, who is in jail over the charges of rape.

Supreme Court today rejected the interim bail plea of self-styled religious figure Asaram Bapu, who is facing trial in rape cases, on health grounds and asked him to get his treatment done in Rajasthan in judicial custody itself.

A bench of Justices A K Sikri and N V Ramana said if Asaram wantrf to undergo treatment, he could get the diagnosis done at AIIMS, Jodhpur or at Rajasthan Ayurvedic hospital while staying in judicial custody.

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The apex court’s direction came after Asaram said he wanted to undergo ayurvedic treatment in Delhi for which he needed one month’s interim bail.

“If you (Asaram) want ayurvedic treatment, you can get that it in Rajasthan itself. There is no need for interim bail as AIIMS medical board has also said that the health condition is stable,” the bench said.

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Counsel appearing for Rajasthan government said they were ready to provide all possible treatment to Asaram at the hospitals in the state.

The bench, however, clarified that Asaram’s supporters should not be allowed in the hospital and none of his followers should meet him.

The court said it will hear the plea for regular bail of Asaram in November.

On October 18, the apex court had sought Rajasthan government’s response to Asaram’s bail pleas and said it will first deal with the interim bail and then regular bail.

Earlier, a medical board of All India Institute of Medical Sciences had told the apex Court that the health condition of Asaram was stable. Asaram had refused to undergo several tests, the seven-member board had also said in its report filed before the bench of Justices A K Sikri and N V Ramana.