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Girl has disease which draws her to men, Jethmalani tells court in defence of Asaram

PTI  Jodhpur, September 17, 2013
First Published: 12:29 IST(17/9/2013) | Last Updated: 13:25 IST(17/9/2013)

Ram Jethmalani who appeared as defence counsel in self-styled godman Asaram's sexual assault case in Rajasthan high court on Monday, argued that the entire case was fabricated. The FIR, the scene of crime, age of the girl were all formulated.

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Jethmalani also mentioned that the girl (victim) was afflicted with a chronic disease "which draws a woman to a man," and said this was subject to police investigation.

After completion of arguments by the defence, justice Nirmal Jeet Kaur deferred the proceedings till September 18 and directed the prosecution to put up the case diary in the court on the next date.

The high court, which started the hearing of the case on Monday, also directed the prosecution to produce the case diary in the court on next hearing scheduled for September 18.

One of the prosecution counsel, Pradhyumn Singh, said that since the defence completed its arguments on Monday, the prosecution will carry out its arguments on the next hearing.

He said that there are two case diaries, one each of the investigations in Chhindwara and Ahmedabad, and both will be produced before the court as per its directives.

Meanwhile, Asaram and his aide Shiva appeared before the district and sessions' court on Monday, which extended their judicial custody till September 30.

During their appearance, Asaram personally requested the judge to accept his request of allowing his personal female doctor to treat his "chronic neurological disease", referred to by him as "trinadi shool."

When asked about the disease, he told the judge that it is a disorder which deprives him of a sound sleep.

Judge Manoj Kumar Vyas, however, refused to consider the plea in the absence of defence counsel.

A 16-year-old girld on August 20 had lodged a police complaint, accusing Asaram of sexually assaulting her at his ashram near Jodhpur.
 
Asaram was arrested from his ashram in Indore, Madhya Pradesh, and brought to Jodhpur on Sept 1.
 
Immediately after his arrest, Asaram filed an application for bail in the same court, which rejected the plea September 4. Asaram apparently hired Jethmalani after losing his bail plea before lower courts. 


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