Prophet accused of r@pe confesses his ?miracles? were just ?magic tricks?

Rape-Accused Prophet Admits His 'Miracles' Were Just 'Magic Tricks'

An alleged cult leader accused of declaring himself a “living God” to sexually abuse his followers says the “miracles” he performed to prove his divinity were actually just “magic tricks” meant to entertain.

Rajinder Kalia is being sued in the High Court over allegations that he “groomed” members of his temple to believe he is “an incarnation of God” while subjecting women and children as young as four to horrific sexual abuse.

Mr Kalia – head priest at his Hindu temple in Coventry – is said to have performed “miracles”, including setting water on fire and squeezing blood from a lemon, to convince devotees.

Claimants' lawyer Mark Jones told him he had performed the “tricks” to persuade followers he had “supernatural powers”.

But Kalia denied all allegations against him and told the court that he was just “entertaining” his followers.

“It’s entertainment,” he told the judge, Mr Justice Martin Spencer, before adding in response to cross-examination: “Does a magician talk about his skills?”

He added: “I’ve said it before, I was fun.”

Giving evidence this week, Kalia, 68, denied all the allegations against him and said claims of his divinity were part of a “conspiracy” to extort millions from him.

“The claimants made up stories and lied to extort money from me,” he told the judge, Mr Justice Martin Spencer.

“I have never claimed to be divine, to have a direct link with God, to be a manifestation of God or to be an incarnation of God, as alleged by the complainants. Kalia claimed that he was merely the “figurehead” of his temple.

He added: “I have never claimed to cure people or animals of life-threatening illnesses or diseases such as cancer, nor have I ever charged a fee to pray to God to make someone – or something – better, as claimed.”

Four women are now suing Kalia over allegations that he sexually abused them, while they and three other former devotees have also alleged financial exploitation, although two of the latter cases have been dropped. The former worshippers are seeking millions in damages.


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