Feb 19, 2018

Rape case against Nithyananda: K'taka court dismisses his petition, to frame charges

“Nithyananda must face trial and he cannot escape it anymore,” says the complainant to TNM.

Soumya Chatterjee

The News Minute
February 19, 2018

In yet another setback for controversial self-styled godman Nithyananda, the trial court in Karnataka dismissed a discharge petition by him and five of his associates in a criminal case.

The court will hear the matter on February 28 and the framing of charges are expected to take place then.

A case under sections 295 A (insulting religious belief), 420 (cheating), 376 (rape), 377 (unnatural sex), 506 (i) (criminal Intimidation) and 120 B (criminal conspiracy) of the Indian Penal Code was registered against 44-year-old Nithyananda in 2010 by Ramanagara police after the case was transferred to them.

This development comes after the Supreme Court in December 2017 directed the Ramanagara Sessions Court to go ahead and frame charges against Nithyananda and conduct a speedy trial.

Lenin Karuppan, a former disciple had exposed the controversial figure and registered a complaint with Chennai police in 2010.

Speaking to TNM, Lenin said, “So it is clear now, Nithyananda must face trial and he cannot escape it anymore.”

Since the complaint was filed in 2010, Nithyananda has been arrested twice and been granted bail from higher courts and successfully delayed the start of trial. It was only after Nithyananda got a favourable decision from the High Court that the victims approached the apex court.

In 2014, the Supreme Court had dismissed a petition by Nithyananda seeking to quash the chargesheet against him. He continued to file petitions to delay the proceedings and submitted documents claiming innocence including a fabricated potency report.

The controversial seer is also involved in other legal proceedings including where a case where he is contesting his sacking as a pontiff at Madurai Adheenam Mutt. The Madras High Court had recently warned Nithyananda that it will issue an arrest warrant if he does not rectify his “misleading” affidavits.


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