The Supreme Court on Thursday stayed a Gujarat high court order granting two-week furlough to rape convict Narayan Sai, son of self-styled godman Asaram Bapu.
A bench of Justices DY Chandrachud and M R Shah issued a notice to Narayan Sai on the plea of the Gujarat government challenging the order of the single-judge bench of the high court.
The top court posted the matter for further hearing after two weeks.
On June 24, the single-judge bench of the Gujarat high court had granted furlough to Narayan Sai.
Earlier, in December 2020, he was granted furlough by the high court owing to his mother’s ill-health.
On April 26, 2019, Narayan Sai was convicted under the Indian Penal Code sections 376 (rape), 377 (unnatural offences), 323 (assault), 506-2 (criminal intimidation) and 120-B (conspiracy) by a Surat court and sentenced to life imprisonment.
Sai, also a self-styled godman, is serving life sentence in a rape case filed by one of his and his father Asaram's former devotees.
The sister of the victim had filed a rape complaint against Asaram.