Bangalore: The Karnataka High Court on Wednesday
allowed self-styled godman Nityananda, facing charges of rape
and unnatural sex, to withdraw a petition seeking quashing of
all criminal proceedings against him and to file a fresh plea.
Justice C R Kumaraswamy also permitted Nityananda to
mention in his fresh petition all the grounds contained in his
earlier plea and to include additional grounds available to
The direction came after Nityananda submitted a memo,
seeking withdrawal of his petition and permission to file a
fresh one "in the interest of justice".
The self-styled godman was arrested from Himachal Pradesh
in April where he had fled to following a public outrage after
visuals showing him in a compromising position with an actress
was telecast in TV channels.
Nityananda and four of his associates have been accused
of rape and unnatural sex in a charge sheet filed by CID on