Court seeks government’s response in seer case
Updated: Nov 15, 2016, 10.19 AM IST
BENGALURU: The high court on Monday sought the government’s response on the representation seeking removal of Raghaveshwara Bharathi as pontiff of the Ramachandrapura mutt at Hosanagar, Shivamogga district.
Before adjourning the hearing to November 21, a division bench asked the government to check with the chief secretary (CS) as to how soon the matter will be decided.
Counsel for the petitioners informed the bench that the pontiff was discharged by a lower court in an alleged rape case on the premise that it may have been a consensual sexual affair.
On April 28, 2016, the high court had asked the petitioners to make a representation to the chief secretary, highlighting their grievances.
The petitioners then urged the CS to issue a direction for removal of Raghaveshwara Bharathi as pontiff of the mutt, restrain him from entering the premises, appoint a high-level management committee headed by a former HC judge and conduct a special audit into the mutt affairs.