Legal News, Nation, (Jodhpur), April 25:-Self-styled godman Asaram was on Wednesday convicted by a court here for raping a teenager at his ashram near here in 2013.
Special Judge (SC/ST court) Madhusudhan Sharma delivered the verdict in the Jodhpur Central jail premises.
He has been found guilty under various charges, including sections 370(4) (trafficking), 342 (wrongful confinement), 354A (outraging modesty, 376 (rape), 506 (criminal intimidation), 109, 120 B (criminal conspiracy) of the Indian Penal Code.
The controversial godman has also been found guilty under some sections of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act.
He is currently lodged in Jodhpur Central jail.
In the case, out of the five accused, including Asaram, two have been acquitted of all charges.
The victim had said in her complaint that Asaram called her to his ashram in Manai area near Jodhpur and raped her on the night of August 15, 2013.
Final arguments in the case had been completed by the special court for SC/ST cases on April 7 and the court had kept the order reserved for Wednesday.
The 77-year-old Asaram was arrested in Indore and brought to Jodhpur on September 1, 2013. He is under judicial custody since September 2, 2013.
The chargesheet against Asaram and four other co-accused Shiva, Shilpi, Sharad and Prakash was filed by the police on November 6, 2013 under various sections of the POSCO Act, Juvenile Justice Act and IPC.
Asaram is also facing a rape case in Surat in Gujarat in which the Supreme Court earlier this month gave five weeks time to the prosecution to complete the trial.
Asaram unsuccessfully moved 12 bail applications, of which six were rejected by the trial court, three by the Rajasthan high court and three by the Supreme Court.
-(NAV, Inputs: Agencies)