Bangalore: Self-styled godman Nityananda,
arrested on various charges including rape, has proved to be a
hard nut as he slips into `dhyana` mode and feigns illness
during interrogation, a top police official said.
During the last six days of his police custody "nothing
much could be brought out" from Nityananda, entangled in
alleged sleazy activities, the CID wing official told agency.
Taking advantage of his spiritual standing, Nityananda,
arrested from Solan in Himachal Pradesh after remaining in
hiding for more than a month, goes into `dhyana` mode when
police prepares for questioning, the official said, adding it
forces them not to disturb him.
After a long wait for the completion of his "spiritual"
exercise, Nityananda ducks questioning saying he was ill, the
According to the official, it has not been possible to
probe various activities of Nityananda and his ashram,
headed-quartered at Bidadi near Bangalore.
The CID said they have not charted any schedule to
question the actress with whom Nityananda was purportedly
shown in a compromising position in video footage telecast by
local TV channels, which sparked off the scandal.
"We do not know the whereabouts of the actress so far,"
the official said.
The sessions court in Ramanagaram, 40 km from here, has
remanded Nityananda to police custody after he was brought
from Himachal Pradesh on April 22.
The self-styled godman was hospitalised on April 26 after
he complained of "severe chest pain" but was discharged
After landing himself in the controversy, Nityananda has
quit as the head of the ashram and said he would lead a life
of "spiritual seclusion".
Meanwhile, Nityananda moved the Madras High Court seeking
anticipatory bail in three cheating cases registered against
him in Tamil Nadu and Puducherry.
According to his petition, one Aladi Mahendran and few
others, who were claiming themselves as advocates practising
in Puducherry, had submitted a "false" complaint at Orleanpet
police station there alleging that he had cheated the public,
amassed huge properties and insulted religious feelings.
Similar cases were also registered by Angayarkani, an
advocate and T M Viswanathan, a freelance reporter, with
Commissioner of Police, Chennai and with Coimbatore
Commissioner respectively, the petition said.
"The petitioner submits that without proper verification
of facts the police had registered an FIR," it alleged.
"Even through a prima facie case was not made out in the
complaint, on direction and pressure from the de-facto
complainant, the respondent had registered a case against the
petitioner under 295 (A) (deliberate and malicious acts
intended to outrage religious feelings of any class by
insulting its religion or religious beliefs) and 420
(cheating) of IPC."
"The petitioner is innocent and has nothing to do with
the allegations mentioned in the complaint," it added.