Police grill Karnataka’s top seer Raghaveshwara Bharathi

Rape case: Police grill Karnataka’s top seer Raghaveshwara Bharathi

Karnataka’s powerful religious guru Raghaveshwara Bharathi (pontiff of Ramachandrapura Mutt) was grilled on Friday by the Bengaluru police in connection with a rape charge levelled against him by one of his former students.

Mail Today | Bengaluru, September 12, 2015 |
Posted by Geetanjali Rai | UPDATED 14:28 IST

Well-known seer and Karnataka’s powerful religious guru Raghaveshwara Bharathi (pontiff of Ramachandrapura Mutt) was grilled on Friday by the Bengaluru police in connection with a rape charge levelled against him by one of his former students.

The seer was formally arrested and released by the police, as he had already obtained an anticipatory bail in connection with the case.

“The victim has undergone medical tests at a private hospital. The seer will also be asked to undergo tests at the same hospital,” sources in the police said.

According to the complainant, the guru had hand-picked her under the pretext of imparting spiritual and moral education when she studied at the Mutt school in 2006. The same year he allegedly molested her and sexually abused her. Even after she turned major, the girl was allegedly sexually exploited by the guru till 2012, according to her.

Leading women’s organizations had protested against the delay in arresting the guru last week. Last year, well-known singer Premalatha Divakar had accused the seer of raping her repeatedly.

source: http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/rape-case-police-grill-karnatakas-top-seer-raghaveshwara-bharathi/1/471982.html

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