The priest of a temple, Laljit Singh, in Thane district was on Saturday charged for allegedly indulging in black magic, police said.
"A devotee who used to visit the temple regularly has complained that the priest used to distribute items like cashew, nuts, vermilion and silver coins and claim to possess powers to carry out black magic," a Kalyan taluka police station official said.
"The complainant was asked by the priest to not marry a particular girl but he went ahead and did so, angering the accused. The priest also threatened that she would not conceive as he had cast a black magic spell on her," he added.
Laljit Singh has been charged under relevant sections of Maharashtra Prevention and Eradication of Human Sacrifice and Other Inhuman, Evil and Aghori Practices and Black Magic Act, 2013, a Kalyan taluka police station official said.
The official said a probe was underway and no arrests had been made so far.
Earlier, a priest was arrested for allegedly performing some rituals in the ICU of Deenanath Mangeshkar Hospital here for recovery of a 25-year-old woman patient, police said. The accused, identified as Sachin Yerwadekar, and private doctor Satish Chavan were booked under the Maharashtra Prevention and Eradication of Human Sacrifice and other Inhuman, Evil and Aghori Practises and Black Magic Act after the video of the alleged incident went viral on social media.
A case was lodged against the duo by the brother of the patient Sandhya Sonawane who died of multiple organ failure, a day after the rituals were allegedly performed.
"The accused Sachin Yerwadekar is a priest at the Parvati Devasthan Trust in the city. He was remanded in police custody for three days," said Alankar police station senior inspector Rekha Salunke.