news Wednesday, February 11, 2015 - 05:30
The News Minute | February 1, 2015 | 8.00 pm IST A group of organizations will take up the matter of five judges recusing themselves from the case of Ramachandrapura Mutt seer Raghaveshwara Bharati with the Chief Justice of India as well Chief Justice of Karnataka. In a meeting on Friday, members of civil society group Nyakakkagi Navu (We are for Justice) along with other like-minded groups decided to approach the Chief Justice of India, the Chief Justice of Karnataka and also the President to demand an investigation into the matter. Since November last, five judges have recused themselves from hearing various stages of the case, some of them gave reasons while others did not. Read: Reasons 5 Karnataka High Court judges gave for recusing themselves from a rape case on a seer Speaking to The News Minute, Editor of Samvada magazine and president of Nyaakkagi Navu Indudhara Honnapura said: “We are not concerned about the merits of the case, but rather, the role of the judges. They are not supposed to that (recuse themselves). They have taken an oath to deliver (justice).” He added: “Five judges in three benches recused themselves from hearing the case. On what grounds they do that? None of the judges are blood relatives of the seer. Hearing cases is not a matter of choice. They should conduct proceedings impartially irrespective of what case is brought before them.” Adding that the case itself is secondary, Honnapura said that what mattered was the delivery of justice. He said that they had sought an appointment with the Chief Justice of Karnataka and that they would write to the CJI and the President after they submitted a memorandum to the Chief Justice of Karnataka. The case of the seer has been fraught with complications of allegations of rape made out against the seer. Representatives of the seer have filed blackmail cases against the woman has accused the seer of rape and her husband. Read: Woman accusing Raghaveshwara Bharati Swami of rape writes to President for "justice" Tweet

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