Sabarimala Priest Lashes out at Temple Management

Zee News [India]
July 27, 2006

Kochi, July 27: Sabarimala Thantri Kantararu Mohanaru, who was sacked as head priest of the temple for his alleged involvement in immoral activities, today lashed out at the Travancore Devaswom Board for ousting him and said the whole episode was a fallout of the 'Devaprasnam' conducted recently at the shrine.

"The board had no right to sack me from the post," the priest told a TV channel here. Mohanaru said he suspected a conspiracy to "trap and defame" him.

He said the whole episode was a fallout of the 'Devaprasnam' (astrological examination of temple affairs) during which he had opposed certain atonement rituals.

Meanwhile, IG (South Zone) Arun Kumar Sinha reviewed the progress of the investigation with top police officials here.

Investigations were progressing in the right direction and many persons have been questioned but no arrests have been made, police sources said.

Police is investigating the "modified complaint" by the priest that he was manhandled by a six member group at the flat which he visited on Sunday and was forcibly photographed with a woman.

The Thantri's lawyer Krishnamoorthy said the priest was camping in Kochi to "co-operate" with the police investigations. "He is expecting police officials to question him," Moorthy said.

Bureau Report


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