Rape-tainted seer skips court summons in Bengaluru
Powerful religious guru Raghaveshwara Bharathi, who has been charged with raping a well-known singer, failed to turn up at Bengaluru court citing health issue.
Bengaluru, December 23, 2015 | Posted by Sushmita Ghosh | UPDATED 13:09 IST
Karnataka’s powerful religious guru Raghaveshwara Bharathi (pontiff of Ramachandrapura Mutt), who has been charged with raping a well-known singer, failed to turn up at a court in Bengaluru citing ill health.
The court, which is hearing the rape case, had issued summons to the seer last month. However, his counsel informed the court that the seer’s health was not in good condition. The court has pushed the matter for hearing to January 16 and issued a strict warning to the seer.
The case has been dragging for more than a year ever since a singer attached to the Mutt alleged last year that the seer raped her on 10 different occasions in different parts of the country. However, the seer and his followers alleged that the singer was trying to defame him by lodging a false complaint. Recently, she had alleged that the probe into the case had slowed down as the seer was politically well-connected.
The seer is under pressure to give up his position as the pontiff of the Ramachandrapura Mutt, which has millions of Brahmin followers. However, the seer has refused to step down making the matter complicated for all. Recently, another woman filed a complaint the seer accusing him of raping her when she studied at the Mutt’s educational institution.