85-year old Swami cleared of rape charge

PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad, July 30, 2007 – A rape charge against an 85-year-old Hindu religious leader has been dismissed by a Trinidad court after police claimed they could find no evidence to support the allegation.

Swami Jagadguru Shree Kripaluji Maharaj of India had been accused and charged with the rape of a 22-year-old Guyanese woman in May. The charge made international headlines because of the popularity of the priest.

But on Friday, the charges were dismissed after police said the case was false.

The young woman had claimed the swami raped her at his centre in Phillipne, south Trinidad after she had gone to seek spiritual assistance and guidance from him. (Hardbeatnews.com)