The Supreme Court today heard a petition filed by the self-styled god men Asaram Bapu seeking orders to restrain media from projecting his ashrams as some kind of brothels. In his petition Asaram has urged the apex court to restrain the media from carrying speculative reports about him, his family and his ashrams following rape allegations against him and his absconding son Prem Narayan Sai.
But the Supreme Court refused to restrain media from reporting cases of sexual assault filed against him and his absconding son Narayan Sai. But, has cautioned the media to responsibly report criminal cases involving Asaram and his son and also asked them to avoid sensationalizing the issue, and asked to present the facts before the people.
Asaram Bapu while filing the petition had said that he has no objection with the media if it correctly reports the court proceedings, but it should be restrained from carrying speculative reports portraying his ashram as some kind of brothels. The media reports were appearing after two sisters from Surat, filed cases of sexual assault against Asaram and his son Narayan Sai and also alleged that a key aide of this spiritual leader had been taking female inmates of the ashram for abortion in Ahmadabad after they were raped, reported nnis.
Meanwhile Surat DCP Shobha Bhota who has been investigating Narayan Sai's case has claimed to have received death threats from Asaram's followers. She has even lodged a police complaint saying she got threats on 16th and 18thOctober. Asaram and his son Narayan Sai both have been accused in a sexual assault case by the two Surat-based sisters. Narayan Sai has been on the run despite a lookout notice against him.