February 16, 2005

Priest in sex scandal to lose job


February 16, 2005 17:06 IST

The priest of a Swaminarayan temple in Junagadh in Gujarat and his three associates arrested on Tuesday in connection with a sex scandal will be dismissed from the sect, Navtam Swami, a top priest of the Vadtal-based religious group, said on Wednesday.

The Ahmedabad crime branch had on Tuesday seized a CD containing images of sadhus indulging in wild sexual acts and arrested Junagadh Swaminarayan temple priest, Swami Bhaktiswarup, and three others.

"All the sadhus whose images appear in the CD will be dismissed along with the priest of Junagadh Swaminarayan temple," Navtam Swami said.

He, however, said the CD was the handiwork of a few people bent on defaming the Swaminarayan sect. "Police should also look into the motive of trapping the sadhus on-camera," Navtam Swami added.

Posted by kshaw at February 16, 2005 09:42 AM