Udupi, July 24, 2018: With the police continuing their investigation into the death of Lakshmivara Tirtha Swami of Shiroor Mutt, the Pejawar seer Vishwesha Tirtha Swami issued a clarification through a press statement here on July 23, Monday, stating that the audio clips being released by some people casting aspersions on his (Pejawar seer’s) character were false.
“I’m ready to face any investigation or test for this purpose. If any aspersion on my character is proved, I will immediately abdicate my position as seer of Pejawar Mutt,” he said. “I have not desired any money from the Shiroor seer nor did I ask it from him,” he added.
The Pejawar seer said that after the death of Shiroor seer, some had questioned as to why he had spoken about the Shiroor seer’s wrongdoings, not returning the presiding deities of Shiroor Mutt and his absence during the performance of last rites of the Shiroor seer.
He (Pejawar seer) had no other alternative but to reply to these issues as the media was after him, he said.
The Pejawar seer further clarified that he had no role in the abdication (“peetha tyaga”) of Raghuvallabha Tirtha, the former seer of Palimar Mutt, Manojnya Tirtha, the former seer of Shiroor Mutt, or Vidyabhushana, the former seer of Subrahmanya Mutt. On the contrary, he had tried to convince them to continue as heads of their respective mutts.
Probe intensified : The police have intensified their probe into the death of Lakshmivara Tirtha Swami. According to sources, the police collected some items from the Shiroor Mutt here in Udupi. The police are also questioning some persons in this regard, sources said.