Chitradurga (Karnataka): By denying bail to accused rapist Lingayat Chitradurga seer Murugha Mutt, a court in Karnataka’s Chitradurga district extended Shivamurthy Murugha Sharanaru’s judicial custody until 10 October.
The second additional sessions judge BK Komala has also extended the judicial custody of defendant number two, the director of the Rashmi shelter, until October 10.
As the judicial detention of the accused seer ended on October 10, he was brought before the court and after his order, he was transferred to the Central Jail of the district.
The court had previously denied his request to consider bail on medical grounds and also denied him special permission to receive food from the Mutt and worship while incarcerated.
Meanwhile, Veerashaiva-Lingayat leaders called a meeting on September 29 to discuss the accused seer’s decision not to resign as head of the Chitradurga mutt despite serious charges under the Child Sexual Offenses Protection Act. (POCSO) and the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act.
The stray dog, one of the richest among the Lingayat stray dogs, has 3,000 branches across the country and runs more than 150 first-rate educational institutions.
The letter circulated among community leaders states that since the accused seer does not come forward to resign, it would affect the mongrel’s heritage and prestige, the sources said.