Jaipur: The Jodhpur High court will on Friday hear self-styled Godman Asaram appeal for a stay on his sentence in a rape case. Earlier on November 1, the Jodhpur District Parole Committee rejected the plea of the self-styled Godman for a 20-day parole.

In April, Asaram was sentenced to life imprisonment by the Jodhpur Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe Court after he was found guilty of raping a minor girl in Manai village near Jodhpur on August 15, 2013.

The court had also sentenced two other accused, Shilpi and Sharad, to 20 years each in jail in connection with the same case.

Asaram was arrested on August 31 in 2013 following a sexual harassment complaint against him. The 16-year-old girl, who belonged to Shahjahanpur in Uttar Pradesh, alleged that the godman had called her to his ashram in Manai area near Jodhpur and raped her on the night of August 15 in 2013. There are two rape cases against the self-styled godman. In another case, two Surat-based sisters had lodged separate complaints against the Godman and his son Narayan Sai, accusing them of rape. Asaram was booked under relevant sections of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO) and the SC/ST Act.

Asaram was 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 (IPC), and some sections of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act.

Earlier, the self-styled godman’s nephew had reportedly contended that Asaram has already spent five years in the jail and was, hence, eligible for parole.