Jodhpur: Self-styled godman Asaram, who was convicted for raping a minor girl, has sent a mercy plea to the governor of Rajasthan seeking dilution of his life sentence.
On April 25, a Jodhpur court had sentenced Asaram to life in prison after finding him guilty of raping a teenage girl in his ashram five years ago.Â Â Â
Challenging the sentence, Asaram had moved high court on July 2 but the petition is yet to be listed for hearing.
Rajasthan governor Kalyan Singh, who recently received Asaramâs mercy plea, sent it to the home department seeking a detailed report on the plea.
According to his mercy plea, Asaram has pleaded for dilution in his life sentence terming it to be a âgruellingâ punishment and citing his age.
The department then forwarded the plea to the Jodhpur Central Jail administration, which, in turn, has sought a report from the district administration and police.
âWe have received Asaramâs mercy plea. We have sought a report from the district administration and police on this mercy plea,â Superintendent of Jodhpur Central Jail Kailash Trivedi said.
After receipt of this report, the jail administration will send it to the Director General (Jail) of Rajasthan.