Basavaraj, who has leveled allegations of sexual abuse against Lingayat Math’s saint Shivamurthy in Karnataka, has received a setback. In fact, the victim’s uncle has lodged a complaint against Basavaraj in the Chitradurga SP office. In this, Tipeswami claimed that Basavaraj had lied and a conspiracy had been hatched against the saint of the Math.
In his complaint, Tipeswamy alleged that Basavaraj had asked the parents for the custody of the children and promised to take care of their education and marriage expenses. For this, Basavaraj had made the girl sign the papers by bringing the girl from Bangalore.
Let us inform that SK Basavaraj and Shivamurthy Muruga, former administrators of Muruga Math were each other’s confidant, but later became enemies. On August 26, a case of rape and kidnapping under the POCSO Act was registered against Sant Shivamurthy for sexually harassing minors. However, the saint has blamed Basavaraj and his wife Saubhagya for conspiring against him. Those close to Shivamurthy believe that Basavaraj and his wife are the main conspirators to implicate the saint in POCSO.
After this an FIR was registered against Basavaraj and his wife Saubhagya. A case of rape and kidnapping was registered in a counter complaint against Basavarajan by Rashmi, the warden of Muruga Math. He lodged a complaint at Chitradurga Rural Police Station under sections 354 (A), 504, 506, 363, and 120 (B) of the IPC.
What is the relation between Basavaraj and Shivmurthy?
Basavaraj SK and Shivmurthy belong to the same village. They both belong to the Jangmaru community of Lingayats and joined the Math in the same year. Basavaraj was to become the next head priest of the Math, but he fell in love with Saubhagya and left. Shivmurthy Sharanaru was next in line. A lookout notice was issued against rape accused Shivamurthy Muruga and after that he was arrested and sent to judicial custody for 14 days.
Basavaraj became the administrator of the monastery after marriage
Basavaraj was appointed as the administrator of the Math after his marriage to Saubhagya. Basavaraj formed a committee and became the signing authority for all transactions in the Math. Basavaraj was accused of misusing the money of the Math and putting him in the MLA and MLC elections, after which he was removed from the Math.
Basavaraj became MLA in 2008
Basavaraj was sacked from his post at the Math in 2007. He became an MLA from Chitradurga constituency in the state in 2008 on a JDS ticket. However, he had to face defeat in the subsequent elections. Basavaraj rejoined the Math after 15 years. He was re-inducted as the administrator of the monastery in the year 2022, but he did not have the same powers. As Shivamurthy and Basavaraj started working together again, conflicts began to emerge, and in July Basavaraj and his wife soon left the monastery.