In a major setback to self- styled religious guru Asaram Bapu, the Supreme Court on Monday refused to grant him relief in connection with two rape cases that had been registered against him.
The apex court bench, headed by Justice Pinaki Chandra Ghose, is scheduled to hear the matter next on 28 November.
Asaram had earlier knocked the doors of the apex court seeking bail on health grounds.
The Gujarat Government had earlier told the apex court division bench that the rape case registered against Asaram would very likely proceed in an expeditious manner, adding that the trial would be completed within six months so the bail should not be granted to him in the case.
The Supreme Court had earlier this month sought the response of the Centre and five states on a plea seeking a CBI probe into the alleged murder of children through black magic and attacks on ten witnesses in Asaram Bapu rape cases.