Lingayat Mutt Sex Scandal: Seers Warn BJP Government in Karnataka, Say ‘Withdraw Administrator or Face Protest’

Chitradurga, December 20: A group of over 40 spectators who held a meeting at the Chitradurga Murugha Mutt on Tuesday have asked the ruling BJP in Karnataka to withdraw its decision to appoint an administrator for the mutt.

Basavaprabhu Sri, the manager of the mutta, stated after the meeting, “We are requesting Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai with folded hands to reverse the decision to appoint the administrator of the mutta.” Sex scandal: Murugha Mutt ex-administrator SK Basavarajan, accused of impregnating Lingayat Seer, sent to Judicial Custody till November 28.

If the government refuses, the fortune tellers would sit on dharna on December 26 in Chitradurga or Belagavi. Murughar has been granted power of attorney following the directions of the High Court. According to Basavaprabhu Sri, the administration of the mutt is doing well now. Lingayat Mutt Sex Scandal: Victim’s Mother Writes to President Droupadi Murmu, Seeks Justice or Mercy Killing.

The government should formulate laws for the protection of soothsayers or there would be a situation where anyone would become a soothsayer considering the risks, he said.

Conspiracies are misusing the law. The POCSO act has also been misused. He said that the appointment of the administrator should be cancelled. The Karnataka government appointed an administrator of Jagadguru Murugharajendra Bruhanmutt of Chitradurga in place of rape accused Shivamurthy Murugha Sharanaru a week ago.

Revenue department deputy secretary TC Kantharaj in his order announced that retired IAS officer PS Vastrad will be the administrator of the mutta. The government also asked for a ground report from DC Chitradurga. The report said that since the accused is in judicial custody, the management of real estate and the finances of the mutcho have become difficult.

It is a public trust and there is a possibility of going against the public interest in cases of mismanagement and misappropriation of funds. The report says that it will be affected by issues of trust and management of educational institutions.

The accused seer is the life pontiff of the mutt and the life president of the educational institutions and legal action is required in this regard, the report said.

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