JODHPUR: Rape convict Asaram, who is serving a life sentence for raping a minor girl sent a mercy plea to the Rajasthan Governor seeking dilution of the punishment. Jodhpur court had sentenced Asaram to life in prison who was held guilty of raping a 16-year-old girl in one of his ashrams five years ago.
Challenging the sentence, Asaram had moved the high court but the petition is yet to be listed for hearing. Kalyan Singh, the Governor of Rajasthan recently received Asaram’s mercy plea and sent it to the home department seeking a detailed report on it.
We have received Asaram’s mercy plea. We have sought a report from the district administration and police on this mercy plea,” Superintendent of Jodhpur Central Jail Kailash Trivedi said. The jail administration will now send the rapists plea to the Director General (Jail) of Rajasthan.