news Friday, September 19, 2014 - 05:30
The News Minute | September 19, 2014 | 11.48 am IST CID officials have begun questioning the woman who has alleged that the seer of Ramachandrapura Mutt Raghaveshwara Bharati had sexually abused and harassed her. The woman, a resident of Bangalore, was a singer at the Ramachandrapura Mutt in Hosanagar in Shimoga district. She had lodged a complaint with the police alleging that the seer had sexually abused her. CID officers went to her house in Bangalore around 6 pm on Thursday and questioned her until around 1 am on Friday.  Police reportedly took possession of clothes and other material from her house as a part of their investigation. She may be questioned further on Friday. Raghaveshwara Bharati faces a case of rape filed against him with the Bangalore police. He however, had contended that he had been blackmailed and had been receiving threatening calls from people. A case had been filed in this regard in Honnavar in Uttara Kannada district. Read: A tale of threats and harassment, cases and counter-cases at the Ramachandrapura Mutt In the past, he had even indirectly dared the police to arrest him at his Raghuttama Mutt in Honnavar. Addressing his devotees, he had said: “Do what you have to do, but remember that those who come to arrest me would have been in that department for 10-20 years, but this peetha has a history of a thousand years.” He made more remarks along similar lines. He said that if these allegations were true, “no truth would remain in the world”. Read: I tread on the path of Rama, not Ravana says seer Raghaveshwara Bharati Swami who faces rape case

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