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Swaminarayan temple priest held in sex scandal

PTI, via, India
Feb. 15, 2005 • Tuesday February 15, 2005

The priest of a Swaminarayan temple was among four people arrested in Junagadh city of Gujarat in connection with an alleged sex scandal involving the sect.

“The priest, Bhaktiswarup, and three touts were arrested by the Crime Branch late last night [Monday night] under the Prevention of Immoral Trafficking Act,” Additional Commissioner of Police (Crime) D G Vanzara told reporters in Ahmedabad on Tuesday.

“The priest has been arrested for women trafficking, while the other three accused — Mansuk Patel, alias Mansuk Bhagat, Banubhai Patel, alias Banu Bhagat, and Takkarsinh Patel have been arrested for making sleazy videos and distributing it in the form of CDs,” Vanzara said.

“Several books containing nude photographs of women, a copy of Vatsayana’s Kamasutra, condoms, contraceptive pills and sleazy literature were also recovered during the raid at Bhaktiswarup’s residence,” he added.

The three Ahmedabad-based accused used to make CDs of different Swaminarayan sadhus involved in sex, Vanzara said.

“The CD in possession of the Crime Branch is a compilation of such sexual acts involving different sadhus with different women,” he said.

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