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Ex-chief priest, CEO of Badrinath-Kedarnath Temple Committee accused of molestation, case lodged

Dehradun: Uttarakhand police has lodged a case against Badrinath-Kedarnath Temple Committee CEO BD Singh and ex-chief priest VD Namburi after a Sadhvi accused them of molestation.

In a similar incident in 2014, the then chief priest of the Badrinath shrine, Keshavan Namboodiri, was arrested for allegedly molesting a pregnant woman in a hotel in News Delhi, PTI had reported.

According to the woman, Namboodiri had called her, whose father knows him, to the hotel. After refusing initially, she went there with her driver. The priest’s associate Vishnu Prasad was present there.

“Namboodiri asked Prasad to go out and shut the door. When the woman sat on a chair, he tried to inappropriately touch her, following which she came out and reached the police station with her driver,” an officer was quoted as saying.

Later, Prasad was also arrested. The duo was sent to 14 days’ judicial custody. The police had said that the men were drunk at the time of arrest. They were charged with wrongful confinement and outraging the modesty of a woman.

The Badrinath-Kedarnath temple committee had suspended Namboodiri.

With inputs from PTI

Published Date: Jul 01, 2017 11:30 AM | Updated Date: Jul 01, 2017 11:30 AM

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