A couple of years back, Asharam Bapuji was not a new name in the series of spiritual leaders, but now it has become a well-known name in the list of “criminals”. Who has led the nation towards such a plight? Obviously, tantrums of media with the blessings of judiciary!
Let me explain. A popular Indian cine star – Salman Khan, who was proven accused of “culpable homicide” in a ‘Hit and run’ case that had been running for almost 13 years, when gets sentenced to 5 years’ imprisonment by Mumbai sessions court, gets bail within no time from the High Court of the very same city, despite him being notorious for his quarrelsome nature amongst co-stars & others and evidently being the one who does not understand the value of a person’s life. Soon after getting to know the judgment of the sessions court of Mumbai, many celebrities, including some media personnel had started showing their sympathy & soft-corner towards him, explaining & justifying as to how he wished to help the victim on the spot. But, except for one or two TV channels, most of the media forgot to cover the story of that aggrieved pauper family (of the victim). Isn’t it the responsibility of the media to show both parties impartially ?
Similarly, the so called “unbiased” media chooses to remain silent on the issue of parole of another popular cine star – Sanjay Dutt, who stays in jail and visits his home in accordance with his ease & comfort, and no one raises issues on the parole given to him for his wife’s sickness, while many a times she’s actually been found partying.
Really our legal system is very much effectively working for those in “need”; isn’t it?
Need further explanations? Let us discuss. In Salman Khan’s case, witness Ravindra Patil got jailed for missing 5 court appearances, while our star (accused Salman Khan) was excused 83 times for non-appearance, reason – “Celebrity” status? Can any mathematician on earth explain such calculations? I’d say, nobody but Indian media and judiciary are competent enough to comprehend such things.
Let’s discuss our own AIADMK Supremo – Madam Jayalalitha, well known for her aesthetic senses for footwear, garments and other such things, popular for her wardrobe and other collections. Can any person with such aesthetic sense be sent to jail? No, no! Such person deserves to keep some more things, more collections. I think it is not harmful to play with the sentiments of public and maintain assets (acquired by corruption) that actually ought to be spent on public welfare. Perhaps such leaders need to be awarded for the acts of corruption so that they become adorable amongst their flatterers [not followers/ the public]. Are judiciary and media coming in the same ambit? It seems, though ridiculous!
The goddess of the law is blind and only hearsay is sufficient for her to understand. What the goddess could hear was – “Asharam Bapuji found guilty of rape”, but she could not see the evidence shown in favor of Bapuji that there was no evidence of rape with the allegedly “victim” girl. Further the so called victim girl was not minor at the time of the “supposed” & “alleged” incident.
And now comes the story of Mr. Mahendra Chawla, who was shot by some people with the intent to complicate the case; thus the case got twisted and the fingers are being raised to ensnare Bapuji again in this conspiracy. Can an innocent saint, who has never ever killed a smallest creature, ever commit the offence of murder or even an attempt to murder for that matter? Probably yes! Since media is depicting Him (the saint) as “the criminal” and the law-goddess cannot see beyond her band fastened on her eyes. On top, we – the people, are watching the case through the “prism” of paid media and to add to that, the judiciary gives decisions on such concocted tales created in favor of their own people.
Asharam Bapuji should never get a bail, since there is no provision in the laws defined by our very own “judiciary” that a person who understands the pain of others is eligible to get bail (unfortunately, “pun intended”!). A saint who has capability to reform thousands of lives from vices and lead the youth and the children towards the path of purity & moral values is not entitled to get bail. A saint who can and has reformed the lives of criminals into a saintly life, has no right to get bail. Am I right? From the “paid media” perspective, I am sure it is a ‘Yes!’. Bapuji’s disciples, who could not show their rage for His arrest, without having any expectations from the administration, after listening to the fact that their revered Guruji is suffering from back pain while visiting to & fro between the court and the jail (because of the roadside holes), started filling the ditches. But the question is, who will bridge the gaps & ditches made by the loopholes of our constitutional laws?
Talking about the loopholes of our laws, a few of those could be quoted as under :
- 3,00,000 people are jailed in India without conviction, accounting for 70% of prisoners; only 6.5% cases result in conviction and there are 14 judges for every million people in the country!
- 70% of 322,000 inmates in India’s 1,135 prisons are awaiting trial.
- India’s prisons officially have the capacity for 237,000 people, while 224,000 of inmates are on remand.
- 87% of prisoners in Bihar’s prisons are on remand awaiting trial. A lot of prisoners are very old – over the age of 70.
- The police take months to file charges
- Lawyers delay filing cases
- Judges are absent, thus leading to frequent adjournments
- The accused are not produced in time, as there were no vans.
- The absence of witnesses and objective evidence impeded 20 % of hearings.
- Innocent remand-prisoners are often released after wasting away their entire youth in jails.
- Police love to show their smartness by adding as many IPC sections as possible.
- The judges do not pull up the police and ask them to justify why unwarranted IPC sections are slapped.
The above-said things have happened in Asharam Bapuji’s case, because of which useless sections under IPC have been slapped onto Him.
- Section 120 – Conspiracy – what or against whom, none knows.
- Section 506 – Criminal intimidation – neither there is a proof of grievous hurt or bodily harm, in facts His disciples & ashram are being attacked regularly for the same.
- Section 504 – Intentional insult to promote breach of peace – I think this should be applied on media.
Section 509- Word, gesture or act intended to insult the modesty of a woman – If this was the case, how come majority of the women disciples are still with Him? Women’s panel visits Asharam Bapuji’s ashram, but gets no complaints. See Refer link
- Section 342 – punishment for wrongful confinement – no arrest done till date from ashram regarding forcibly confining someone against their wish.
- Section 354 a – molestation – not even a scratch found on the girl’s body.
Though some of the followers of Bapuji are cine stars too, yet a few have shown concerns regarding His bail. Bapuji is surprised at the decisions of the judiciary which he off and on gets by way of rejection of His bail application on any ground, while the cine stars and politicians, as stated above, get bail within no time. This not only surprises Him & His disciples & followers, but also shakes His belief in judicial system and He ironically said – “Is the spelling of ‘bail’ in his bail application incorrect?”. It’s because of the fact that no bail has been granted to Him so far despite His innocence”, but so called “celebrities” are manipulating the provisions of laws in a manner that they get bail without delay.
We demand justice for Bapuji and expect that He be granted Bail as soon as possible, for He is innocent; and further demand to probe into the conspiracies hatched by conspirators – like someone attempting to murder Mahendra Chawla and others, time and again to hinder the legal proceedings, thus expecting justice for venerable saint Shri Asharamji Bapu.