Saint Shivamurthy Muruga of Lingayat Math deteriorated, was arrested for sexual abuse

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Saint Shivamurthy Muruga

Highlights

  • Muruga interrogated at unknown place
  • Police custody will be demanded for further interrogation of the abbot
  • Muruga has been accused of sexual abuse

Karnataka News: Muruga Math abbot Shivamurthy Muruga Sharanaru was admitted to the district hospital here on Friday after he developed some health issues in the jail. Police sources gave this information. He was arrested on Thursday night for sexually abusing secondary school girl students and sent to 14-day judicial custody. Police sources said that after his arrest late on Thursday night, interrogation took place for several hours. After being sent to jail, he developed some health problems, after which he was taken to the district hospital for examination.

Sent to 14 days judicial custody after arrest

Chitradurga Superintendent of Police K. Parashuram said soon after his arrest, Sharnaru was produced in a local court, which sent him to 14-day judicial custody. Sharnaru has been booked under the provisions of the Protection of Child Sexual Offenses (POCSO) Act and the Scheduled Castes/Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act for sexually abusing two girl students of a secondary school. “After this procedure, he was taken to the hospital for medical examination and later sent to jail,” he said.

Muruga interrogated at unknown place

The abbot of one of the most prestigious and influential monasteries of the Lingayat community in the state was questioned by Deputy Superintendent of Police Anil Kumar at an undisclosed location. Kumar is the investigating officer in this case. Thereafter the abbot was taken to the district hospital for medical examination and was produced at the residence of the First Additional District and Sessions Judge. Police sources said that along with the abbot of Murugha Mutt, four others have also been booked, one of whom works in a ‘consolation centre’. Another person has been arrested. Two accused are missing and search is on for them.

Police custody will be demanded for further interrogation of the abbot

The Consolation Center is the counseling center of the Directorate of Women and Child Development. Parashuram told that the police would demand his police custody for further interrogation of the abbot. Meanwhile, a group of lawyers on Thursday wrote to the Registrar General of the Karnataka High Court, claiming that the investigation against the accused abbot was not being conducted in a “free and fair manner”. “He (abbot) was neither summoned for examination nor medical examination was conducted,” the letter said. These lapses in the investigation show that the investigation is already prejudiced.

Muruga has been accused of sexual abuse

It is alleged that two girls aged 15 and 16, studying in a school run by the Math and residing in the hostel, were sexually abused. The abbot has also been booked under the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act as one of the victims belongs to a Scheduled Caste. The lawyers in their letter have requested the High Court to intervene immediately in monitoring the investigation of the case in the interest of justice. The hearing on the anticipatory bail plea of ​​the abbot had been adjourned for today i.e. Friday by the local court.

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