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Badrinath chief priest Namboodiri arrested in Delhi on sexual molestation charge

New Delhi: The chief priest (mukhya rawal) of the famous Badrinath shrine, Keshavan Namboodiri was arrested by Delhi's Meharuli Police today on charge of trying to sexually molest a married woman in a hotel. The

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Updated on: February 04, 2014 17:01 IST
"By that time, my husband who was already on the phone, disconnected and asked our driver to take me out from the locality. I reached home and told my husband and father about the entire sordid episode".

The victim's husband told India TV: "We were suspicious when he called my wife. I preferred to be on phone with her, in case anything happened".

The victim's father said, he had been going to Badrinath since 1993, and had constructed a hotel there in 2002.

"Mehrauli police went to his room, took photographs, and took the priest to AIIMS for breathlyser test. Even at AIIMS at 4:30 in the morning, he was unable to stand properly", said the victim's father.

Meanwhile, the Badrinath Kedarnath Temple Committee has suspended the chief priest Keshavan Namboodiri till the time he is cleared of the molestation charge in court.

"He has been removed from the post of chief priest (mukhya rawal)", a Committee official said.

The chief priest Keshavan Namboodiri and his associate Vishnu Pradhan have been sent to judicial custody for 14 days by Saket court.

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