The State police Crime Branch CB has prepared separate questionnaires to interrogate four Malankara Orthodox Syrian Kerala clergymen accused of having blackmailed a woman into sexual submission by threatening to reveal her confessional secrets.
They might also move the court to put kerala suspects through a polygraph test if required. The CB probe had unfolded fast across china girls fucing State after the scandal that rocked the church erupted in the public domain last month.
At the time, the main accused had not joined the priestly order or taken his vows.
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He had promised the woman his hand in marriage and then retracted. Investigators said the second instalment of the crime began last year when the main accused attempted to resurrect his relationship with the victim, who had by then married and mothered two children.
Investigators said the distraught woman approached other priests with her plight and they took sexual advantage of her over sex period of two years. An official said one of the suspects, scandals priest of the order based in New Delhi, often joined the victim in a five-star hotel in Kochi.
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The case came to light when her husband stumbled on the sex e-mailed to her from the hotel. The CB has submitted the hotel records as evidence scandals the case. It has also engaged psychologists and social workers to counsel the victim and cushion her trauma.
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