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SC pulls up Gujarat government over slow pace of trial in Asaram Bapu's case
Coming down heavily on the Gujarat government, the Supreme Court of India asked the state government why the trial has been progressing at such a slow pace in Asaram Bapu's case.

Asaram Bapu, the self-styled god-man has been accused of raping a 16-year-old girl. But despite being in jail for more than four years, the victim has not even been questioned. The girl had alleged that Asaram Bapu had raped her at his ashram. Along with Asaram, his son Narayan Sai has also been booked on charges of rape.

The victim had alleged that Asaram repeatedly assaulted her sexually while she was living in his ashram between 2001 and 2006.

The Gujarat government claimed that it was Asaram who was delaying the case but the court did not seem convinced with these arguments. A bench consisting of justices NV Ramanna and Amitava Roy has now asked the Gujarat government to submit a progress report in the case.

The Gujarat government has been shamelessly delaying the trial. With over 40 witnesses remaining to be examined and the main accuser still not questioned, six witnesses have been attacked and two have been killed.

The Supreme Court has repeatedly refused to grant bail to Asaram despite him citing his ill-health as a ground for seeking bail. He has been lodged in the Jodhpur Central Jail and has been booked under Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO).

The direction comes at a time when another godman Gurmeet Ram Rahim was today sentenced to ten years of imprisonment for rapingtwo women disciples in 2002. Gurmeet's supporters went on a rampage after their 'pitaji' was sentenced on last Friday. The following violence and arson left 38 people dead.

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