Good days will come, Asaram says in viral audio clip
(Sourced from PTI)
A purported audio clip of Asaram, serving his life imprisonment term at a Jodhpur jail, has surfaced online in which the self-styled godman is heard telling a person over the phone that his time behind bars is ephemeral and "good days will come". Jodhpur Central Jail DIG Vikram Singh said the 15-minute clip might have been recorded during a telephone-conversation Asaram had on Friday.
"Inmates are permitted to make a call over any two given numbers for 80 minutes in a month. He had spoken to a 'sadhak' at Sabarmati Ashram on Friday at 6.30 pm. Maybe this communication was recorded (then) and made viral," said Singh.
"We should respect the law and order and the system. I also do so," Asaram is purportedly heard saying in the audio clip. He claims a few people are on a campaign to defame his ashram and want to take its control. "Do not get carried away by such provocations or anything circulated on the letterhead of ashram," he says in the clip.
Referring to co-accused Shilpi and Sharat Chanda, who were handed down 20-year jail terms by the special court, Asaram says he would first arrange for their release from jail "as it is the duty of parents to first think about their children." "If a mistake has happened in the lower court, there are upper courts for rectifying those mistakes," he says.
"Truth has no cover and lie has no legs (to stand upon). It is immaterial, what the allegations are," Asaram says, adding, "Good days will come". He makes Sharat to speak, who says there's nothing to be worried about in the jail.