It seems to be trouble season for the 'god men' in Gods own Country, Kerala. The swamis who earlier went to Himalayas to attain salvation have now chosen jails for peace of mind.
A court in Kerala today sentenced self-styled Godman Swami Amrithachaithanya alias Santhosh Madhavan to 16 years rigorous imprisonment for raping two minor girls.
The case against Santosh Madhavan, who was an alleged to have carried out transnational financial frauds, was that he had sexually abused three minor girls and a young woman.
He is the first Malayalee criminal under GOD-MAN skin to go international and wanted by Interpol since 2004 for fraud committed in the United Arab Emirates.
He has been organising "spiritual" events in the Kochi and advertising himself in full-page advertorials in vernacular dailies for over a year. The police, who raided his ashram last year recovered porn CDs, tiger skins, and foreign liquor.
Madhavan, a godman-cum-fraudster had been luring minor girls into his fold promising educational aid, and many victims, including the identified rape victim, had been used for making pornographic videos.
Madhavan, in his avatar as the white-clad swamy, founded Shanthitheeram trust in his own name and his parents. The godman, a matriculate who claims to have learnt astrology and philosophy, roams around in a Mercedes Benz and invests the swindled money in building projects across the state.
The court concluded that the godman had sexually abused two minor girls. These were the girl who stood firm in the court and another who changed her statement. Despite the change in the statement of the girl, the court accepted as proof the CD containing visuals of the sexual relationship betweenSantosh Madhavan and her.
Santhosh Madhavan was also accused of sexually persecuting at least eight minor girls using an orphanage he had been running as a screen. Santosh Madhavan had been astrologer to several elite personalities and was also close to the top brass in the Police Department.