news Wednesday, September 17, 2014 - 05:30
The News Minute | September 17, 2014 | 10.58 am IST Three people accused of blackmailing seer Raghaveshwara Bharati Swami of Ramachandrapura Mutt have been given bail 21 days after they were remanded to judicial custody. Divakar Shastry, his wife Preamalatha Divakar and his brother Narayana Shastri were given bail by a Honnavar court on Tuesday in a case of blackmail, slapped by a person associated with the seer on August 17. Last month Raghaveshwara Swami and some Ramakatha artistes had said that they had been getting threatening calls, saying that they would not allow the annual Ramakatha to be performed.  Read: A tale of threats and harassment, cases and counter-cases at the Ramachandrapura Mutt PRemalatha's daughter Anshumati had said a day after her parents were arrested, that the seer had been sexually abusing her mother and that the blackmail case had been filed against them after Premalatha had decided to lodge a complaint about this with the police. The seer had obtained a temporary gag order against 35 media firms from a local Honnavar court. Raghaveshwara Bharati had approaching the Karnataka High Court seeking the quashing of the complaint against him, but the court refused to do so. The seer had also sought a stay order against investigations.  But the High Court permitted the police to continue its investigation against the seer, saying that the charges against the seer had been booked under Section 376 2f of the Indian Penal Code. It also said that there was a need to investigate the complaints of threats and blackmail made by the seer. He had also challenged the  Read: I tread on the path of Rama, not Ravana says seer Raghaveshwara Bharati Swami who faces rape case

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