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Swaminarayan sadhu caught in sex scandal.

A SADHU of the Swaminarayan sect in Gujarat has gone into hiding ever since a CD showing him having sex with a prostitute surfaced.

The cash- rich sect essentially prides itself on the premium it officially puts on celibacy.

Three men have been arrested in connection with the CD which was made with an intention to blackmail the sect.

Neelkanth Swami, from Vishwamangal Gurkul near Saijpur, was allegedly getting a steady supply of sex workers and was reportedly paying anything between ` 5,000 and ` 10,000 for the services. Sniffing an opportunity, the suppliers filmed him having sex and demanded ` 50 lakh.

But the swami went into hiding right after the blackmailing began and the suppliers then approached the sect authorities with their demand, who in turn, lodged a complaint with the police.

Collaborating with the police, the sect authorities agreed to pay ` 25 lakh to the blackmailers.

As two swamis went to pay the money according to the plan, policemen in civil clothes nabbed three of the five blackmailers.

The police have recovered a pen drive containing clips of the swami's coitus and laptop from the blackmailers. They admitted that the swami used to seek " new items" every week.

The swami has gone underground since May 1 right after the CD surfaced on April 30. This, however, is not the first tryst with infamy for the swamis of this sect.

A similar CD had surfaced in 2004 catching two swamis of the sect from a Dabhoi- based temple in the act with a call girl.

Again in February 2005, four people including a priest were arrested by the police in Junagarh in another sex scandal. The arrested four were making sleaze videos of sexual acts and distributing them.

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Date:May 28, 2013
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