Aseemanand says no to â€˜saffronâ€™ group lawyers Springing another surprise, Swami Aseemanand, an accused in Samjhautha Express, Ajmer, Mecca Masjid and Malegaon blasts, has refused services of lawyers from saffron-affiliated groups, and insisted that he be provided a government counsel. Rajasthan Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) Additional Superintendent of Police S S Ranawat told The Sunday Express that a group of lawyers had approached Swami Aseemanand and offered to represent him, but he declined. â€œThough some lawyers did approach Aseemanand, he declined and only said that he would request a government- appointed lawyer when the need arises,â€ Ranawat said. A senior lawyer associated with the RSS who did not want to be named confirmed that they have offered to defend Aseemanand. â€œWe approached him, asking whether he would like to be represented... but he barely gave it a thought,â€ the lawyer said. Aseemanandâ€™s decision has left lawyers defending the other accused in the Ajmer case wondering whether he has turned approver for the ATS. â€œIt has many thinking whether he has turned approver for the state,â€ the lawyer added. Some advocates, however, believe that Aseemanand refused the services because he canâ€™t afford his own lawyer. â€œAseemanand claims to have little or no money to pay for a lawyer which is why he has requested for a government counsel,â€ said a senior advocate in Ajmer.