February 23, 2005

Eight arrested in sex scam sent to judicial custody:

New Kerala

[India News]: Ahmedabad, Feb 22 : All the eight persons arrested by police in connection with the sex scam case allegedly involving some sadhus of Vadtal sect of Swaminarayan temple were sent to judicial custody by a local court today.

All the eight persons, including swami Bhaktiswarup, who belonged to the Junagadh temple of the sect, have been sent to judicial custody at the Sabarmati central jail after their six-day remand with the Crime Branch police ended today.

Police had on February 15 busted the sex scandal and arrested Bhaktiswarup and three agents who allegedly made the CD featuring explicit scenes of some sadhus with women. They arrested four more persons including a Surat-based builder two days later for allegedly financing and conspiring in the case.

Crime Branch officials had grilled the eight persons and based on that information raided the premises of Ajendra Prasad, a top priest of the Vadtal sect, who was removed from his position earlier, and claimed to have seized objectionable CDs and videotapes.

Posted by kshaw at February 23, 2005 07:34 AM