Congress, others tweets photo, clips of Narendra Modi with Asaram after latter found guilty of raping minor

New Delhi: The Congress party and many others on Twitter posted pictures and/or clips of a younger Narendra Modi keeping the company of Asaram who was today found guilty of raping a minor.
The Congress captioned its undated photo and clips – in which Modi is seen paying obeisance to the man now convicted of rape – with the proverb: “A man is known by the company he keeps.”
However, Digvijaya in 2013 – after Asaram was arrested on being accused of the rape – expressed contrition that he associated with the self-styled godman and allotted him land when he (Singh) was chief minister of Madhya Pradesh, reported PTI at the time.
Meanwhile, Hindi film actor-director Farhan Akhtar criticised those who were posting old pictures of Asaram with politicians. He said that it wasn’t a crime if someone was associated with Asaram before he was accused or found guilty.
“So, Asaram is a child rapist. And he has been found guilty. Good. But can people please stop sharing images of him with PM Modi. Patronising him before he was exposed to be a pervert is no crime. Let’s be fair and give him the benefit of doubt that he, like us, did not know,” tweeted Akhtar.
Asaram was today found guilty of the rape of a teenager in 2013, ruled a special trial court today in its verdict.
The self-styled godman, who’s been in jail since August 31, 2013, was accused of sexual assault on a 16-year-old girl at his ashram in Manai village near Jodhpur, Rajasthan. The girl, who’s from Uttar Pradesh, was living in the ashram as a student. She alleged that Asaram called her to his ashram in Manai area near Jodhpur and raped her on the night of August 15, 2013.
Asaram, who’s said to be 77 currently, was charged under sections of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act and the Scheduled Castes and Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act. Over the course of the trial, Asaram unsuccessfully moved 12 bail applications, of which six were rejected by the trial court, three by the Rajasthan high court and three by the Supreme Court.
Asaram is embroiled in a rape case in Gujarat as well, where two sisters have lodged separate complaints against him and his son Narayan Sai, accusing them of rape and illegal confinement. Over the last four years, since the trial began, as many as nine witnesses in the two cases have been attacked. Three of them have died.