Sexual harassment case: Bishop Samuel says ‘I will leave it to police’
Following the sexual harassment case against a priest and one of his close aides, PK Samuel, Bishop of Church of South India (CSI) said he will leave it to the police to decide. Earlier, the Bishop told Newsable that this is a blackmail tactic and revenge by the complainant as her membership was suspended
Bengaluru: Church of South India’s (CSI) Bishop PK Samuel, who is facing sexual harassment charges, on Monday said he will leave it to the police to investigate the case.
Recently, a 27-year-old woman attempted suicide in one of the hospitals run by CSI and later filed a complaint with the police accusing him of harassing her.
The woman claimed that the Bishop's close aid Vinod Dasan had cases against him after she complained harassment in the past. Dasan is said to have called the woman along with her husband to come to meet Bishop at Trinity Church to solve the issue. The woman in her complaint alleged that bishop asked her to withdraw the cases against his aide and also misbehaved with her.
Sources close to the woman said that the bishop is powerful and can influence the police as well. However, the bishop rejected the claims.
"This is just blackmail. I had removed them from CSI membership over some issues in the past and now they are taking revenge. Now, I will leave it to the police to decide and properly investigate," he said.
Rajkumar, a well-wisher of Bishop Samuel and who knows him from the past 18 years, expressed his doubts over the allegations.
"The bishop is very strict and known for discipline in financial matters, the suspended members may have hatched a ploy to remove the bishop by adding taint on his image,” Rajkumar, who works at St John's Hall on Cole's Road, said.