Nithyananda followers demand lodging of FIR against Lenin

Followers of self-styled godman Nityananda on Tuesday staged a protest outside the office of a top police officer, demanding an FIR be filed against a former disciple who shot the footage showing him in a compromising position.

Updated: Aug 25, 2010, 00:30 AM IST

Bangalore: Followers and supporters of
self-styled godman Nityananda on Tuesday staged a protest outside
the office of a top police officer, demanding an FIR be filed
against a former disciple who shot the alleged footage showing
him in a compromising position with an actress.

A press release from Nityananda`s ashram at Bidadi near
here said police had not taken any action against Lenin,
despite being approached twice by the followers in August.
They had also submitted individual complaints against
Lenin stating that he was continuing to `abuse` Nityananda,
his organisation and those living in his ashram in public and
private, it said.

Earlier this year, Lenin had gone on local and national
TV to level certain allegations against Nityananda, following
which his followers approached the Ramanagar SP for action.

It said the followers were `unavailable` to meet the SP
and Deputy Superintendent of Police, Sri Bisanahalli had
directed them to return to Bidadi police station tomorrow.
Nityananda was embroiled in a controversy after a
purported video footage showing him in a compromising position
with a Tamil actress was aired on some local TV channels in
March. Cases of rape and other offences were registered
against him in Tamil Nadu and transferred to Karnataka.

PTI