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Temple tragedy: Mysuru Bar Association bars legal support to the accused

Mysuru, January 1:- Mysuru Bar Association (MBA) has unanimously taken a decision not to provide legal support to the accused in the food poisoning tragedy at Kichuguth Maramma Temple at Sulwadi village in Kollegala taluk last month which led to the death of 17 people.

At a meeting held at the Mysuru Bar Association here on Monday, the members of the association paid tributes to the 17 people who died after consuming poisoned food.

President of the MBA, S Ananda Kumar instructed the advocates to take back their decision if anyone had decided to fight the case in favour of the accused.

Chamarajanagar Bar Association has already decided not to extend any legal support to the accused.

Recap of the case

Doddaiah, a person from Baraguru of Tamil Nadu, was working as a priest at the temple, mixed the food with poisonous pesticide at the behest of Immadi Mahadevaswamy, junior seer of Saluru Mutt, Madesha and his wife Ambika.

With cognizable pieces of evidence touted against Mahadevaswamy,  the police took Doddaiah into custody. During an inquiry, Doddaiah had confessed to the police on what transpired between the four which led to the tragic incident.  Based on his revelation, police grilled Mahadevaswamy who spilled the beans. Subsequently,  Madesha and Ambika were apprehended.

Madesha and his wife Ambika told the police that they poisoned the food as directed by Mahadevaswamy.  The seer, who was at loggerheads with some of the administrators of the temple, wanted to take revenge against them and he plotted to poison the prasadam along with Madesha and Ambika. Both husband and wife convinced Doddaiah to execute the plot which led to the gruesome tragedy.

Considering the intensity of the inhuman act which claimed the lives of 17 innocent people, the advocates have decided not to fight their case. (MR/KS)

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