Karnataka High Court on Tuesday ordered the State police to produce all documents relating to the cases filed against self-styled godman Nityananda Swami, facing allegations of involvement in sleazy activities.
Following a petition by Nityananda seeking to quash the cases, Justice Arali Nagaraj issued notice to Bidadi police to produce all documents and records concerning various criminal cases, including rape, registered against the ‘godman’. He also sought a stay on all other proceedings against him.
The Judge adjourned hearing of the case till March 25.
Nityananda alias Rajasekharan, who is at large ever since the video clippings of his alleged sleaze acts involving an actor were telecast by private channels on March 2, in his petition contended that he was innocent.
The 32-year-old, in his petition, has alleged that one of his former disciples and driver Kurup Lenin had conspired to defame him and his Ashram by levelling charges against him.
According to police, the whereabouts of the self-styled swami, who was spotted recently in the Kumbh Mela in Haridwar, “are not known”.
The cases, registered by Tamil Nadu police for various offences, including rape, against Nityananda, were re-registered by the Bidadi Police here, under whose jurisdiction the Ashram falls.
They were transferred to the State Criminal Investigation Department police on Monday “because of the complex nature and inter-State ramifications”, Ramanagaram District SP S. B. Bisnalli told PTI.