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Good days will come, Asaram allegedly heard saying in audio clip

Asaram was sentenced to life imprisonment until death for raping a teenager in August 2013.

india Updated: Apr 28, 2018 14:22 IST
Press Trust of India, Jodhpur
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File photo of Asaram Bapu after being produced at the sessions court in Jodhpur, November 30, 2013. A Jodhpur court awarded life imprisonment to self-styled godman for raping a minor girl at his ashram in Rajasthan in 2013.(PTI File Photo)

A purported audio clip of Asaram, serving his life term at a Jodhpur jail, has surfaced online in which the self-styled godman is heard telling a person over the phone that his time behind bars is ephemeral and “good days will come”.

According to Jodhpur Central Jail DIG Vikram Singh, the 15-minute audio clip might have been recorded during a telephone conversation Asaram had on Friday, two days after a Jodhpur court found him guilty and sentenced him to life in prison for raping a teenage girl in his ashram five years ago.

The call was made with permission from jail authorities.

“Inmates are permitted to make a call over any two given numbers for 80 minutes in a month. He had spoken to a ‘sadhak’ at Sabarmati Ashram on Friday at 6:30 pm. May be this communication was recorded (then) and made viral,” said Singh.

In a one-way communication, Asaram first extended his gratitude to his followers for maintaining calm and not coming to Jodhpur on the day of judgment.

“We should respect the law and order and the system. I also do so,” he is purportedly heard saying in the audio clip.

He claims a few people are on a campaign to defame his ashram and want to take its control. “Do not get carried away by such provocations or anything circulated on the letter head of ashram...,” he says in the clip.

Referring to co-accused Shilpi and Sharat Chanda, who were handed down 20-year jail term by the special court, Asaram says he would first arrange for their release from jail “as it is the duty of parents to first think about their children”.

“(Even if) more advocates will be required for the release of Shilpi and Sharat, that will be done. Afterwards, bapu will make way out of the jail,” he says.

“If a mistake has happened in the lower court, there are upper courts for rectifying those mistakes,” he allegedly says.

“Truth has no cover and lie has no legs (to stand upon)... It is immaterial, what the allegations are,” he says, adding, “good days will come”.

At the end of the conversation, he makes Sharat speak, who says there’s nothing to be worried about in jail.

First Published: Apr 28, 2018 14:20 IST