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Court refuses special facilities to Asaram in jail

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Jodhpur, September 13, 2013
First Published: 21:51 IST(13/9/2013) | Last Updated: 21:53 IST(13/9/2013)

A local court on Friday denied special facilities to self styled godman Asaram, lodged in Jodhpur central jail for allegedly sexually assaulting a minor girl. The court however, directed the jail authorities to provide him some medicated food only on the medical prescription, though according to the jail manuals.
 
District and Session Judge (Jodhpur district) Manoj Kumar Vyas while deciding the application moved by Asaram said, that if a doctor prescribes any medicated food to him, it should be prepared only in jail kitchen. This means Asaram will not get food served by some outsiders.

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The court has allowed the jail authorities to purchase the material from outside if doctors prescribe it.
 
“This court rejects the remaining prayers mentioned in the application,” the judge said adding that Asaram could avail of clothes and bedding only according to the provisions of the jail manual.
 
The court further denied him to avail services of a ayurvedic lady doctor in jail, who is reportedly treating him for last two-three years.
 
Asaram had demanded medicated food and some facilities like special bed, clothes, puja material and gangajal etc in his application moved before the District Court last week. Court during the arguments over the application ordered the jail officials to constitute a medical board to examine the health of godman.

A three member medical board examined his health in jail and a MRI scan was also carried out upon him.
 
Jail officials produced the medical report before the court on Thursday, which was normal and not indicative of any critical illness. After a brief argument, the court reserved the order, finally pronouncing it on Friday evening.
 
Asaram was remanded to 14 days judicial custody on September 2, after being arrested in his Indore ashram and airlifted to Jodhpur.


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