The "kissing baba", a fake godman who was hugging and kissing women devotees to treat their illness and solve other problems, has been arrested in Andhra Pradesh, police said on Friday.
He was arrested on Thursday in Proddatur town of Kadapa district in Andhra Pradesh.
Police produced him before a court, which sent him to judicial custody for two weeks. The court also referred him to a mental hospital as he appears to have an unsound mind.
Police said they also arrested Subba Reddy who was popularising the fake saint among the people in the district. He used to tell people that the baba can remove their affliction and solve financial and domestic problems.
The bogus godman was operating for the last two months from a room behind Ayyappa temple in the town. Many issueless couples were also approaching him.
Police swung into action after some television channels beamed shocking visuals of the man kissing and hugging women devotees. He used to give only a lemon to men but misbehave with women.
Police have appealed to people to not fall into the trap of such fake godmen.