Nidumamidi Mutt seer backs govt takeover
“The government is only following the court’s orders, and the decision to bring the mutts under their jurisdiction will ring in transparency, and stop misuse of the mutt property,” he said.
Channammala Swamy, a representative of the Progressive Seer’s Forum, alleged that a few mutts were turning into centres for earning black money. “Mutts belong to the public,” he added.
In the wake of an increasing number of complaints about irregularities in mutts, a divisional bench of the high court had, in 2007, sought opinion from the public and heads of religious establishments on bringing them under the government. “A draft was prepared in the same year, and was handed over to the then BJP-JD(S) government, which failed to act on it,” Channamalla Swamy said.
Taking a swipe at the opposition parties, he added, “They are misleading the public for political reasons. Opposition parties that are criticizing the government will have to follow the court’s orders if they come to power.”
Channamalla Swamy opined that the government must see if it can take over places of worship of other religions too.
Seer Gnana Prakash Swami of Urilingapeddi Mutt, seer Basavalinga Murthy of Sharanara Bavaikyapeeta Mysuru, seer Nagi Deva Swamy of Chaluvadi Peeta, Chitradurga were present.