The young pontiff of Murugha Mutt recovered in Hosapete, 3rd arrest in the case


Another defendant in the Murugha Mutt sex abuse case has been arrested by police. The young pontiff of Murugha Mutt was arrested in the town of Hosapete in Karnataka on Sunday, making the third arrest in the case.

The main defendant, Pontiff Lingayat of the influential Muruga Rajendra Mutt of Karnataka, Shivamurthy Muruga Sharanaru, was taken into custody by the Chitradurga District Court of Sessions until September 5.

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Shivamurthy was arrested on September 1, six days after the alleged sexual harassment case of two underage girls staying at a hostel run by the Mutt was filed against him under POCSO law. He was convicted under the provisions of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offenses Act (POCSO) and the Prevention of Atrocities (SC/ST) Act for the alleged crime.

Another accused Rashmi, hostel manager Murugha Mutt was arrested by police on September 2, the second arrest in the case.

Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai previously said the police were given carte blanche to investigate the sexual abuse case against Murugha Mutt Grand Pontiff Shivamurthy Murugha Sharanaru in accordance with the law.

Declining to comment on allegations of the “delay” in the arrest, Bommai said: “There is no need to respond to all these discussions. I have already said that everything will happen according to the law. It is not fair to comment on the case in the current situation.

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Karnataka Home Minister Araga Jnanendra had also said that the POCSO case involving arrested Lingayat Pontiff Shivamurthy Muruga Sharanaru would be handled according to the law of the land. “There will be no government interference in any way. The police are free to carry out investigations,” he said.

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