BANGALORE: The High Court on Monday stayed a CID order asking rape-accused Raghaveshwara Bharathi Swami of Ramachandrapura Mutt to report for a medical examination.
The seer had approached the court challenging the CID notice asking him to be present at Victoria Hospital on Tuesday morning for a medical test in connection with the criminal case filed against him by a 47-year-old singer, who was his devotee. In her statement to the police, the woman has claimed that the seer raped her multiple times between 2010 and 2014.
The counsel representing the seer submitted that Raghaveshwara had appeared before the CID on many occasions and given detailed statements. In his affidavit, the seer stated that he is “a normal person” and is physically capable of having sex and so, there is no need for a medical test. The authorities only want to defame the mutt, the seer said. His counsel said the alleged incidents occurred many months ago and a medical test would tell nothing conclusive.
Justice Byrareddy granted the stay and directed the CID to file objections on the next date of hearing.
CID Team Questions Singer, Seer
A Crime Investigation Department (CID) special team on Monday questioned the 47-year-old singer who has filed a sexual harassment and rape case against Ramachandrapura Mutt seer Raghaveshwara Bharathi. The seer too was questioned afterwards. Officials had issued summons to the singer on Saturday asking her to appear for questioning. Sources said the officials interrogated her and the seer for about three-and-half hours each.