Ramachandra Mutt Swami Chargesheeted
By Express News Service
Published: 27th September 2015 04:26 AM
Last Updated: 27th September 2015 04:26 AM
BENGALURU: More than a year after rape charges were levelled against Ramachandrapura Mutt seer Raghaveshwara Bharathi Swami, the Crime Investigation Department (CID) submitted a chargesheet before the 1st ACMM court on Saturday.
The 1,341-page chargesheet in six volumes, comprising 151 witness statements, was submitted before the court around 3.30 pm.
The CID has charged the seer under IPC 376(2) (F) (rape of a minor) and (N) (repeated rape) and 508 (act caused by inducing a person to believe that he/she will be rendered an object of the divine displeasure). Inspector General of Police, CID, K V Sharath Chandra said, “We have taken statements of the policemen who have probed the case, mutt associates, the victim’s children, husband, devotees of the mutt, mahazar witness and doctors who submitted forensic reports.”
The chargesheet was filed under Section 164 of the CrPC which considers the statements of the victim.
According to CID sources, in 2011, the seer had requested the government to issue him a sim card that is normally issued to some people whose identity is concealed for security reasons. The seer was allegedly communicating with the Ramakatha singer using this sim card. “We have got call records linked to this sim.”
Police have also taken statements from Ramakatha organisers where the victim and the seer were together. The CID said they have also taken statements from Jodhpur, Mumbai, Kolkota and nine districts of the state, where both were present at the same time.
The CID has also considered the suicide of Shyamprasad Shastri, the victim’s brother- in-law.
Days after a complaint was filed, Shastri shot himself at his home in Keidla in Puttur taluk.
It has also considered the second complainant’s statement and has registered the case under 376 (2) (F).
The CID has also taken statements of two reputed companies which had organised Ramakatha shows in which the duo had participated.
According to CID sources, semen found on the victim’s undergarments was found to be that of the seer. In the medical test conducted at Victoria Hospital, samples of blood and sweat were collected. They have also found hair on the clothes given by the victim for tests. All the details have been mentioned in the chargesheet.
CID sleuths also said they have recovered call records, email conversations that were deleted, call recordings and text messages between the two.
“The voice samples match and a visitor’s diary recovered from one of the employees of the mutt shows the frequency of the victim’s visit to the seer’s personal room,” said a CID source.
The chargesheet mentions that a case under 376 (2) (F) has also been registered and clearly states that even the second complaint against the swami had been considered. A few weeks ago, a second woman had filed a complaint against the swami at Girinagar police station stating that she had been sexually assaulted when she was a minor.