- Shivamurthy Muruga is the chief priest of Muruga Lingayat Math.
- Presented in court today after arrest yesterday
- Shivamurthy sent to police custody till September 5
Shivamurthy Muruga: Shivamurthy Muruga Sharanaru, the head priest of Muruga Lingayat Math in Chitradurga, Karnataka, was produced in court today after his arrest yesterday. The court has sent Shivamurthy Muruga to police custody till September 5 i.e. for 4 days. However, the police had requested the bench for 5-day custody of Shivamurthy. Sivamurthy Muruga was arrested on Thursday night for sexually abusing girl students of a secondary school and sent to 14-day judicial custody.
Arrested abbot Muruga was admitted to the hospital
Police sources said the abbot Muruga was interrogated for several hours after his arrest late Thursday night. After being sent to jail, he developed some health problems, after which he was taken to the district hospital for examination. Chitradurga Superintendent of Police K. Parashuram told reporters that soon after his arrest, Sharanaru 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 SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act for sexually abusing two primary school girl students.
One of the most revered monasteries of the Lingayat community
Sivamurthy Muruga Sharanaru is the abbot of one of the most prestigious and influential monasteries of the Lingayat community in Karnataka. He was questioned by Deputy Superintendent of Police Anil Kumar last night at an undisclosed location. Kumar is the investigating officer in this case. The abbot was then taken to the district hospital for a health checkup and produced at the residence of the First Additional District and Sessions Judge. Police sources said that along with the abbot of Muruga Math, a case has been registered against four others, one of whom works in a ‘consolation centre’. Another person has been arrested. Two accused are missing and search is on for them. The Consolation Center is the counseling center of the Directorate of Women and Child Development.
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