Rape case against Iskcon PRO quashed

 The Karnataka High Court on Tuesday quashed charges of rape filed against Kulashekhar Chaithanya Das, a devotee and PRO at Iskcon, Bengaluru.

Justice Anand Byrareddy quashed the lower court proceedings against Kulashekhar, who was accused of rape and cheating by a woman. Members of the woman’s family were working at the Iskcon temple. The woman had earlier written to the State Human Rights Commission, Women’s Commission and to the chief minister contending that Kulashekhar had promised to marry her but had later backtracked. Later, she filed a police complaint stating that Kulashekhar had raped her many times on the temple premises. However, the complainant refused to undergo medical examination. The statements of complainant’s mother, who was arguing for the daughter during the hearing, differed from those of the complainant. Justice Byrareddy quashed the proceedings citing lack of evidence against Kulashekhar.

Plea dismissed
The high court on Tuesday dismissed a petition filed by Rajya Vokkaligara Sangha and its officer-bearers questioning their ouster.

 The petitioners, former office bearers, Dr Appaji Gowda, Ulloor C Manjunath and G L Narendra Babu, had contended that the members of the committee had not issued any notices before their ouster. They had questioned the procedure that was followed while communicating the no-confidence motion by other committee members. The petitioners questioned the appointment of Dr Mahadeva and H M Narayan Murthy as office-bearers. Justice Ashok B Hinchigeri, dismissing the petition, directed the petitioners to settle the matter in the lower court. He also directed the lower court to dispose of the matter in three days.

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