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Acting pontiff appointed to replace seer Lingayat accused of rape for Mutt

Chitradurga: Basavaprabhu Sri, attached to Davanagere Virakta Mutt, has been chosen as acting pontiff of the Chitraduga Murugha Mutt in place of Lingayat seer accused of rape, Shivamurthy Murugha Sharanaru, sources confirmed on Tuesday.

However, this move is likely to face stiff opposition as many pontiffs have openly expressed their dissatisfaction with the appointment of Basavaprabhu Sri. Secret meetings are held by the seers of the Lingayat pooches in this regard to formulate a counter-strategy regarding the appointment.

The sources said the present decision was made in consultation with the accused seer of Murugha and the administrative members of the pooch. However, a large part of the devotees demand that the seer of Basavaprabhu be made acting pontiff of the money-rich mutt.

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His followers claim that Basavaprabhu Sri will take everyone and could also take the initiative to ensure harmony between different communities.

Meanwhile, the accused seer of Lingayat had given authority to retired judge SB Vastramatha to make administrative decisions of the SJM Vidya Peetha which is headed by the cur.

The accused seer from Lingayat is currently in police custody and as new cases under the POCSO provision have recently been filed against him, the process of appointing a new pontiff in Chitradurga mutt has begun.

The High Court was also monitoring developments regarding mutt. Sources said there was a fight inside to appoint a new psychic. One section wants a new pontiff appointed according to the wishes of the accused seer and another section wants the accused seer driven from the pooch.

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