Petition for CBI probe against Amritanandamayi Mutt dismissed
Kerala High Court today dismissed a petition seeking a direction to the CBI to register an FIR and launch investigation into Mata Amritanandamayi Mutt in view of allegations in a book about sexual abuse in the Mutt penned by a former inmate Gail Tradwell.
Dismissing the petition, a Division Bench of the High Court headed by Chief Justice Manjula Chellur, observed that proper remedy of the peititoner, Advocate Deepak Prakash, was to approach the appropriate Magistrate court. The Bench said it would not interfere in the matter.
According to the petitioner, a Supreme Court lawyer, an incident of rape occured in the religious place against a foreign national.
The Petititoner submitted though he had lodged a complaint before the police and the victim herself sent a mail to him corroborating the averments in the book, no action had been taken so far because of political presssure.
Gail Tradwell, a former aide of Mata Amritanandamayi, raised a storm in her book 'Holy Hell- a memoir of faith, devotion and pure madness' by alleging sexual exploitation and promiscuity among senior inmates in the ashram. This has invited wide spread protest from all walks of life.
Following media reports in this regard, though Karunagapally police sent an email to Ms Gail to lodge a complaint in this regard, she did not respond.
(Posted on 08-04-2014)