Police book teacher for 'falsely convincing' survivor to lodge complaint against Lingayat pontiff

03:20 PM Nov 10, 2022 | PTI |

The Chitradurga police have arrested a teacher for ‘falsely convincing’ a survivor to lodge a complaint against a Lingayat seer, Murugha Matha pontiff Shivamurthy Murugha Sharanaru who is in judicial custody since September 1 for sexually harassing minor girls of his Ashram hostel.


”We have arrested Basavarajendra for convincing the girl to lodge a complaint. An audio is also in circulation where the teacher is heard falsely convincing the girl, based on which the case was registered,” the Chitradurga superintendent of police Parashurama K told PTI.

Police also arrested the former administrative officer of the Murugha Math S K Basavarajan for allegedly stealing numerous photographs of the seer from the Ashram.

Based on a complaint by some minor girls living in the Ashram through a Mysuru-based non-government organisation (NGO) ‘Odanadi Samsthe’, police arrested the seer on September 1.


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