Karnataka seer, accused of sexual attack, arrested through Chitradurga police
The seer had carried out for anticipatory bail and on Thursday, the court docket had adjourned the hearing till Friday.
The police in Karnataka Thursday arrested Shivamurthy Murugha Sharanaru, the pontiff of Jagadguru Murugarajendra Vidyapeetha Mutt, for allegedly sexually assaulting minor college students in Chitradurga. According to police resources, the seer turned into taken into custody from the mutt.
Chitradurga SP Parashurama K confirmed that the seer has been arrested. arrested the seer and the methods will observe. He is being questioned now.”
Mysuru police had lodged a complaint in opposition to Shivamurthy Muruga Sharanaru on August 26 below the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act, 2012, and Section 376 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) relating rape. This came after ladies advised contributors of the nation Child Welfare Committee that they were sexually assaulted between January 1, 2019, and June 6, 2022 through the seer. The case turned into later transferred to Chitradurga district police.
The seer had applied for anticipatory bail and on Thursday, the court docket had adjourned the hearing till Friday. The seer being investigated through the Karnataka Police heads one of the maximum outstanding of the nearly three,000 Lingayat mutts inside the country.
A quite influential Lingayat mutt located in crucial Karnataka, Murugamutt is taken into consideration a electricity centre as nicely, providing offerings like loose schooling to humans from backward, Dalit and tribal groups. The mutt’s center values stand on 12th century social reformer Basavanna. With Lingayats making up one of the primary groups in Karnataka, the mutt has a robust preserve in political circles. Several CMs of the state, which include the present day CM, Basavaraj Bommai, and former CM B S Yediyurappa, hail from the community.