Cornered Asaram seeks Supreme Court's shelter

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Cornered Asaram seeks SC's shelter
New Delhi, Oct 8: As Asaram's ship goes down the sea of controversies, the 72-year old Godman feels cornered now. And the entire wrath has come down on the media, first by his supporters and later by he himself. This time, he moved the Supreme Court demanding a restraint from the media during the trial.

In an explosive demand, Asaram wants the media not to carry speculative reports about him, as this was affecting the functioning of his ashram and the schools he runs.Asaram's counsel Vikas Singh, in a hearing before an apex court bench, headed by Chief Justice P. Sathasivam, said that his client had no objection in publishing correct reports on the court proceedings, but for speculative reports that try to portray his ashram as a "brothel".

"There are 10,000 boys and girls studying in the schhol and the media reports are affecting them," said Singh. Asaram is in police custody since September 1 on allegations of rape by a 16-year old girl from Jodhpur. Meanwhile, his son Narayan Sai was also accused of raping two sisters in Surat between 2002-2004. Asaram's wife Lakshmi and daughter Bharti are also alleged to have been involved in the conspiracy and have been arrested.

The two sisters have alleged that the godman had raped the elder one at his Ahmedabad Ashram, while the younger one had been raped by his son in Surat. While Asaram's hearing has been extended till October 11, his son Narayan Sai is still absconding.

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