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Former high court chief justice seeks Asaram Bapu’s blessings in Jodhpur

A man in cyan-blue jacket bent to touch the feet of Asaram Bapu outside a court in Rajasthan’s Jodhpur who the self-styled spiritual guru later identified as former chief justice of Sikkim High Court

jaipur Updated: Dec 17, 2017 20:25 IST
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Former chief justice of Sikkim High Court Surendra Nath Bhargava bends to touch the feet of Asaram Bapu outside a court in Rajasthan’s Jodhpur on Saturday.
Former chief justice of Sikkim High Court Surendra Nath Bhargava bends to touch the feet of Asaram Bapu outside a court in Rajasthan’s Jodhpur on Saturday. (HT Photo.)

A man in cyan-blue jacket bent to touch the feet of Asaram Bapu outside a court in Rajasthan’s Jodhpur on Saturday.

Asaram Bapu later told reporters present in the court that the man was Surendra Nath Bhargava, former chief justice of Sikkim High Court.

The self-styled spiritual leader, who is facing rape charges, has been in the Jodhpur central jail since August 31, 2013, after he was arrested on the charges of sexually assaulting a teenage girl in Manai village near Jodhpur.

Asaram Bapu was produced in two separate courts and when he was getting into the court of metropolitan magistrate No. 3, which is hearing a case under the Information Technology Act, Bhargava walked towards him and touched his feet.

The I-T Act case pertains to a caricature of a judge hearing the sexual assault case. The caricature was allegedly made by a follower of Bapu and circulated on social media platform.

“Despite being in a high position, Bhargava came for my ‘darshan’,” Asaram Bapu told reporters.

Asked about his presence in the city, Bhargava said he came to Jodhpur to attend a private function. “I happen to be here. Socha chalo Bapu aaye hain to darshan kar lein (I thought since Bapu is here so let’s have his darshan).”

He said he knows the spiritual guru since 1983-84. “After I became a judge Bapu ke darshan durlabh ho gaye (Bapu’s darshan became rare),” he said, adding that the judiciary will deliver justice in Bapu’s case.

“Nyaypalika jo karegi wo nyay hoga (what the judiciary does will be justice).”