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Godman Premananda passes away

Last updated: 21 February, 2011
Chennai, Feb 21, DHNS: 22:42 IST

Controversial godman Swami Premananda, who was serving a double life sentence for charges of rape of minor girls and a murder at his ashram near Tiruchirappalli in Tamil Nadu, passed away at a private hospital here on Monday after an acute liver failure.

He was 59. Premananda, who was having multiple health problems in the recent years, was also suffering from an acute “end-stage” liver disease. He faced charges of sexually abusing minor girls. A session’s court in 1997 awarded him a double life sentence. His subsequent appeals in the Madras HC and SC were of no avail. The godman, who was lodged in the Cuddalore Central jail, however, claimed that he was innocent till the end.

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