A courtroom in Chitradurga on Wednesday ordered the discharge of Muruga Mutt seer who has been in judicial custody since September 2022, in reference to a Safety of Kids from Sexual Offences (Pocso) case.
Whereas ordering the discharge of the seer, Shivamurthy Muruga Sharana, the second extra district and classes courtroom adjourned the listening to on the federal government advocate’s plea in search of to transform the physique warrant in opposition to Sharana in one other Pocso case right into a judicial arrest.
Sharana was granted a bail by the Karnataka excessive courtroom on November 8 in a case involving sexual assault in opposition to two minor women finding out in an academic institute run by the mutt. In search of fulfilment of the bail circumstances, Sharana’s counsel, Sandeep Patil, approached the classes courtroom. After verifying the safety assure, choose BK Komala ordered his launch.
Nonetheless, the authorized dispute escalated as Sharana’s legal professionals challenged the courtroom’s resolution to transform the physique warrant right into a judicial arrest warrant within the second Pocso case. This led to heated arguments within the courtroom, setting the stage for an anticipated listening to on November 16.
“Within the second case, Sharana can’t be stored in jail as he has not been arrested. If the courtroom order reaches the jail by night, Sharana is predicted to be launched on the identical day in reference to the primary case,” stated Sharana’s advocate Sandeep Patil to reporters.
Nevertheless, the prosecution advocate, Jagadish, countered this, asserting that the physique warrant listening to within the second Pocso case in opposition to Murugha Sharana is pending. Subsequently, he argued, Sharana can’t be launched from jail, and will stay beneath the physique warrant till the subsequent courtroom session. Jagadish added that an order concerning Sharana’s case could be issued after the upcoming argument and appealed to jail authorities to not launch Sharana till the listening to is over, stated an officer aware about the courtroom argument.
The Karnataka excessive courtroom had granted bail to Sharana on November 8 in reference to a POCSO case registered in opposition to him.
The case started on August 26, 2022, when two women filed a criticism on the Nazarbad Police Station in Mysuru accusing Muruga Sharan of sexual assault. Subsequently, Sharan was taken into custody on September 1, 2022, and had remained beneath judicial custody in Chitradurga Jail till the latest bail resolution.
Sharanaru, who heads the Jagadguru Murugarajendra Vidyapeetha Mutt, was arrested late on September 1 2022 after days of intense public strain. He’s accused of raping two women, 15 and 16 years outdated, between 2019 and 2022, and was booked by the police for rape beneath the POCSO Act 2012 on August 25.
One other first info report (FIR) was registered in opposition to him on October 19 2022 night time alleging sexual assault of minor women. This case accused him of assaulting minor women residing within the hostel run by the ashram.