A teacher has accused Girish Chandra Verma of indulging in sex
Hindu preacher Girish Chandra Verma, chairman of the Maharishi Vidya Mandir (MVM) group — which runs a network of schools in India — was sent to police custody until January 1, on charges of rape and criminal intimidation.
In March, a teacher of an MVM school filed a complaint with the police and the State Women’s Commission, accusing Mr. Verma of coercive sex and intimidation for the last 10 years.
Mr. Verma, aged 53 and a self-proclaimed celibate, initially avoided interrogation. He finally recorded his statement at the Bhopal Women’s Police Station last Friday. “Based on the statements from both parties, there is prima facie evidence of his guilt. Hence we arrested him on Sunday,” Salim Khan, City Superintendent of Police, Jehangirabad, told The Hindu .
Mr. Verma was picked up from his ashram on the outskirts of the city by a large police contingent, despite resistance from employees of the ashram. Devotees later surrounded the Jehangirabad police station but dispersed after additional forces were deployed.
Judicial Magistrate (First Class) Varsha Sharma granted the police’s plea for three days remand. “Based on further investigation, we may request for extension of remand,” Mr. Khan said.
Before leaving court, Mr. Verma claimed that he had been framed. “These are all false allegations. I have been trapped by my employees. Media people are also involved in this conspiracy and I shall prove it in court,” he told reporters.