Bengaluru: Sexual Assault Charge – Raghaveshwara Appeals in SC as CID Probes in Puttur

Bengaluru: Two significant developments were reported on Monday, July 1 in the case of sexual assault charges levelled by a female Ramakatha vocalist against Shri Raghaveshwara Swamiji of Hosanagara Math.

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On the one hand, the supreme court took up the higher appeal filed by the advocates of the Swamiji against the FIR framed by the CID police of Karnataka in 2014 and adjourned the hearing for six weeks.

The division bench with Justices Jagdish Singh Kehar and Adarsh Kumar Goel took up the appeal, without serving any notice to the respondent.

The Swamiji had earlier sought cancellation of the FIR in the Karnataka high court which subsequently rejected the petition. On the other hand, a team of CID visited Puttur and the Mani branch of the Math, where the sexual assault is said to have taken place.

During the Ramakatha discourse in Puttur in the past, the Swamiji had camped in the premises of a reputable jewellery shop. Vocalist Premalata had alleged that the Swamiji had sexually abused her there also, besides in the Math precincts. The organizers and volunteers at the time of Swamji’s camps in Puttur and Mani were to be examined by the CID.

The CID team had brought Premalata and her husband with them. She is said to have given graphic details of the spots in Puttur and Mani where she was sexually assaulted, said sources at the Math.

Sources at Samana Manaska Havyaka Vedike, which has been demanding justice to the aggrieved woman and restoration of sanctity to the religious chair and the Math, said that the timing of the appeal in the supreme court was significant, coming as it does soon after the CID team’s visit to Puttur.

Case history:

Puttur: Row over Visit – Raghaveshwara’s Shivakatha Programme in Uppinangady Cancelled
Mangaluru: Raghaveshwara Swamiji Reportedly Barred from Taking Part in Uppinangady Event
Bengaluru: Reprieve for Raghaveshwara as Sessions Court Declines to Cancel Bail 
Bengaluru: Raghaveshwara Bharati Case – HC Refuses to Drop Charges of Sexual Assault
Bengaluru: Raghaveshwara Bharati Files Fresh Appeal in Sexual Assault Case
Bengaluru: Number of Recusals Rises to 5 as Two More Judges Withdraw from Swamiji’s Case
Bengaluru: Sexual Assault Charge against Raghaveshwara – Yet Another Judge Recuses Himself
Bengaluru: Rape-accused Swamiji’s DNA Test Positive: Advocate General
Bengaluru: Raghaveshwara Case – HC Orders Shastri Couple be Made Respondents
Bengaluru: Sexual Assault Case – Swamiji Undergoes Medical Tests, Declines Three
Bengaluru: Setback for Swamiji as High Court Okays Medical Test
Bengaluru: Swamiji Granted Conditional Bail in Sexual Assault Case
Bengaluru: Sexual Assault Case – Havyaka Forum Wants Swamiji to Voluntarily Undergo Tests
Bengaluru: Swamiji Case: CID Questions RSS Leader Kalladka Prabhakar Bhat
B​engaluru: Two Arrested for Slandering Shastri Couple’s Daughter in Facebook
Bengaluru: New Twist to Singer Vs Swamiji Case with Reported Entry of Underworld Don
New Delhi: Sexual Assault Charges against Swamiji – Women’s Commission Steps in
Puttur: Demand for a Comprehensive Probe into Kedila Shastri Suicide Case Snowballs
Honnavar: Amid High Drama Police Notice Issued to Raghaveshwara Bharati Swamiji
Honnavar: Alleged Blackmail Attempt on Math’s Artistes – Shastri Couple Gets Conditional Bail
Puttur: CID Team Arrives in Town to Probe Kedila Shyam Prasad Shastri’s Suicide
Puttur: Case of Shastri Suicide in Kedila also Likely to be Probed by CID
Puttur: Kedila Residents Demand Thorough Probe into Shastri’s Alleged Suicide
Puttur: Urimajalu Ram Bhat Appeals to Havyaka Community to Maintain Restraint
Mangalore: Threat Calls Led Shastry to End Life, Says Wife in Complaint to Police
Mangalore: Shyam Prasad Shastry from Kedila who Shot Himself Dies in Hospital

1 Comment

  1. How come this man is not behind the bars? Is our legal system is a joke? The victim and her husband were held in custody for a few weeks while Police didn’t even bother to question this guy for several weeks. How can anyone take our Police and legal system seriously? No wonder – people prefer to settle things with an instant delivery of justice (public beatings) even before informing Police. Another sign of third-world country!!

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