Kurnool: Acting against the alleged tantrik rituals performed by a priest of the Bhramaramba Mallikarjuna Swamy temple at Srisailam in the district, the temple officials on Tuesday suspended the priest, Ganti Radha Krishna, who was employed to perform the Maha Parayana prayer at the temple. Upon knowing that the priest was performing the tantrik rituals at his quarter, Rama Chandra Murthy, the temple’s executive officer, issued orders suspending Radha Krishna.

As per an insider at the temple management, Radha Krishna and Rama Chandra Murthy didn't gel well. It is learnt that the priest was performing tantrik rituals aiming at removing the officer from his post.

"Radha Krishna has good relations with influential people like film stars and politicians. He developed bad blood against the officer ever since he was disallowed to meet VIP guests," said a member of the temple management.

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