A senior functionary of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh Kalladka Prabhakar Bhat was questioned for over two hours on Monday by the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of the Karnataka police in connection with the mysterious death of a close relative of a woman who has brought a sexual assault case against Raghaveshwara Bharati the head pontiff of the influential Ramachandrapura Mutt in Karnataka.
Shyam Shastri, the brother-in-law of a 47-year-old former singer at the Ramachandrapura Mutt who has filed a sexual assault case against Raghaveshwara Bharati, allegedly committed suicide at his residence in the Kedila village near Puttur in Dakshina Kannada district two months ago.
The suicide occurred three days after the singer and her husband were arrested for allegedly threatening other singers with a singing troupe attached to the Ramachandrapura Mutt.
The CID police called Kalladka Prabhakar Bhat the south India communications chief of the RSS in for questioning on Monday after call details of the dead man revealed that Bhat was one of the persons who spoke with Shastri on the day of his suicide.
CID sources said that Bhat had accepted the fact that he had spoken several times to Shastri ahead of his death but he denied any role in the death. Bhat has told the police that Shastri was a friend.
The CID police in Karnataka on the directions of the Congress government in Karnataka are investigating a series of alleged sordid allegations and counter allegations involving the chief pontiff of the Ramachandrapura Mutt and his associates.
The daughter of a 47-year-old singer formerly associated with the Mutt has filed a police complaint accusing the head pontiff Raghaveshwara Bharati of sexually assaulting the singer on several occassions while she was associated with the Mutt.
Supporters of the pontiff have filed complaints against the singer and her family accusing them of extortion and blackmail apart from threatening singers attached to the Mutt. The CID is also probing the suicide of the singer’s brother in law that occurred in the middle of the rival accusations.
The sordid affair also witnessed on Sunday the arrest of two persons for posting obscene comments on the Facebook page of the singer’s daughter – who filed the sexual assault case against the head pontiff of the Ramachandrapura Mutt.
The Banashankari police in south Bangalore arrested Sanath Palapaddi a farmer from the Mysore region and Santosh an insurance agent for posting abusive and obscene comments questioning the characters of the young woman and her family.