Karnataka officials raid Mutt

Mysore: Amid tight security, a team of six officials belonging to the state Religious Endowment department (Muzrai) on Sunday conducted search at the Sosale Vyasaraj Mutt here, police said.

The search was a part of a probe being conducted against the mutt pontiff Vidyamanohara Theertha Swamy, who is alleged to have pledged inventoried mutt property and used the money for personal benefit, police said.

A case of cheating was filed against the pontiff, his mother and Mutt's administrative officer BR Nataraj Jois in December last for allegedly pledging inventoried gold ornaments and valuable articles belonging to the mutt with a city-based financier, police said.

Muzrai sources said the state government has appointed senior IAS officer K Jairaj as the mutt administrator for two years.

However, religious activities at the mutt would continue and transactions conducted under the control of the new administrator, sources said.