Bengaluru News Highlights: A district court in Karnataka’s Chitradurga region has rejected the bail plea of the warden of a girls’ hostel attached to the Murugharajendra Mutt, who has been accused of abetting the sexual assault of two minor girls by the chief pontiff of the mutt. The warden was arrested along with Shivamurthy Murugha Sharanaru, the seer of the influential Lingayat mutt, earlier this month in connection with charges of sexual assault and sections under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act. The district court is scheduled to decide on the bail plea of the seer this week.
In other news, the National Investigation Agency on Thursday raided several Popular Front of India (PFI) leaders and offices and arrested seven of the leaders. “These searches were conducted at the houses and offices of top PFI leaders and members in connection with five cases registered by the NIA following continued inputs and evidence that the PFI leaders and cadres were involved in funding terrorism and terrorist activities, organising training camps for providing armed training and radicalising people to join banned organisations,” an NIA statement said.
The Supreme Court has stayed a corruption case filed against former Karnataka CM B S Yediyurappa by a social activist T J Abraham. The case pertains to alleged payment of bribes to the tune of Rs 12 crore by a construction firm for a contract to build a BDA housing complex in Bengaluru. The Lokayukta police registered an FIR in the matter against Yediyurappa and members of his family, a minister, a bureaucrat and private businessmen last week on the basis of a Karnataka HC order negating the requirement of a sanction by the Governor to prosecute the former CM.