February 16, 2005

Temple priest to be dismissed

The Statesman

Press Trust of India
AHMEDABAD, Feb. 16. — Metropolitan Magistrate Mr DV Vaid remanded the priest of Junagadh Swaminarayan temple, Bhaktiswarup and three city-based touts Mansukh Bhagat, Bhanu Bhagat and Thakkarsinh Patel in police custody till 22 February on charges of being involved in a sex scandal. The accused have been booked under various provisions of the IPC, Information Technology Act and Immoral Trafficking Act.
The crime branch had yesterday exposed a sex scandal and arrested them, after seizing a CD containing images of different sadhus indulging in sexual acts with different women. ACP (crime) Mr DG Vanzara had said that the CD was a “compilation” and was shot at different places including Junagadh, Bharuch, Surat and Ahmedabad.
Meanwhile a top priest of Vadtal Swaminarayan temple, Navtam Swami said that all the sadhus appearing in the CD, including the Junagadh Swaminarayan temple priest, Bhaktiswarup, would be dismissed. However, Navtam Swami said the filming of the CD was the handiwork of elements who wanted to defame the sect.

Posted by kshaw at February 16, 2005 05:18 PM