Surat police on Wednesday got potency and DNA tests conducted on a Jain monk who was arrested for allegedly raping a 19-year-old girl. The 49-year-old Digambar sect monk Acharya Shantisagarji Maharaj, who was arrested last Saturday, had failed the first potency test, following which the police had sought his custody to conduct the potency test again on him.
The tests were carried out at Forensic Medicine Department of the New Civil Hospital under heavy security arrangement as several followers of the Jain monk had gathered at the hospital. This comes a day after the girl had to undergo the DNA test. “We have carried out both the (potency and DNA) tests of the accused, and he fully cooperated with us. We will hand over the reports of the DNA profiling test and the potency test to the investigating agency after some days,” said Dr Ganesh Govekar, the FMD head at the NCH.
Police said that the doctors of FMD had used latest technology to carry out potency and other medico-legal tests. In her October 13 complaint to the police, the girl had alleged that she had come from Vadodara with her parents to meet Shantisagarji Maharaj for some “prayer rituals” when he took her to a private room where he raped her. The monk was arrested last Saturday and sent to judicial custody.
Meanwhile, police sources said that the accused monk had shared his mobile phone number with the girl and used to chat with her through Whatsapp. Once while chatting with her, Shantisagarji Maharaj told her that he had to carry out some rituals which would benefit her, and for that he would require her nude photo, said police sources. At first, the victim hesitated, but when he insisted, she sent her nude photo on his mobile phone, they added. Police have seized four mobile phones, including smartphones, allegedly used by Shantisagarji Maharaj. As part of its investigation, police are trying to find out Shantisagarji Maharaj’s background. It has been said that Shantisagarji became a monk some 25 years ago.