Karnataka: Prominent Lingayat Seer Arrested 6 Days After Being Accused Of Raping Minor Girls

Karnataka: Prominent Lingayat Seer Arrested 6 Days After Being Accused Of Raping Minor Girls

New Delhi: The chief pontiff of Sri Murugha Mutt, Shivamurthy Murugha Sharanaru, an accused in an alleged sexual assault case involving minor girls has been arrested for alleged sexual abuse of high school girls, as reported by news agency PTI. “The due procedure will be followed. Medical test and investigation will be done as per the procedure. He will also be produced before judge,” said Alok Kumar, ADGP, Law and Order Karnataka.

Shivamurthy is the chief of a prominent Lingayat Mutt in Chitradurga, Karnataka. Amid protests demanding Shivamurthy’s arrest, the Karnataka Police on Thursday detained the chief warden of a school hostel run by the Math in a sexual harassment case. 

Meanwhile, a local court in Chitradurga adjourned till Friday the hearing of the anticipatory bail plea of Shivamurthy in a sexual harassment case. A case has been filed against him under the Protection of Child Sexual Offenses (POCSO) Act.

Earlier, a group of advocates has written to the Registrar General of the Karnataka High Court claiming that the investigation against the accused seer “is not being carried out in an unbiased, free and fair manner.” “He (the seer) has not even been summoned for investigation or his medical examination conducted. These lacunas in the investigation show that there is already prejudice caused on part of the investigation,” the letter claimed.

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