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Court notice to CID on Nithyananda application

A local court here has issued a notice to Criminal Investigation Department (CID) probing into the FIRs filed against self-styled godman Nithyananda.



Ramanagara: A local court here has issued
a notice to Criminal Investigation Department (CID) probing
into the FIRs filed against self-styled godman Nithyananda.

Chief Judicial Magistrate, Ramanagara court, issued the
notice to CID on March 19 on an application filed by
Nithyananda seeking direction to the CID to furnish the
unedited audio and video recordings of the interrogation to
which he was subjected while in custody of CID between April
21 to 30, last year.

The court directed the CID to file its objection by March
31.

In the application filed by Nithyananda`s counsel K V
Dhananjay, the accused (Nithyananda) has reiterated that he
never uttered or said anything to the CID in the nature of
confession or admission attributed to him by the CID in its
"press propaganda".

He (Nithyananda) further submitted that from the very first
day CID had tried "to influence and infiltrate public opinion
by fabricating and concocting certain statements on its own as
if it was his reponse to the CID during interrogation".

Nithyananda, who landed in controversy in March last year
after a local TV channel aired a purported video footage
showing him in a compromising position with a Tamil actress,
submitted that as a religious practitioner,his sole occupation
in life has been giving religious and spiritual discourses.

By contributing and sponsoring such media reporting against
him, the CID has "created a massive and pervasive atmosphere
of public disgust, disenchantment and hostility against
him which has rendered it practically impossible for him to
receive a fair trial unless he is provided with means to
disprove the confessions falsely attributed to him", he
submitted.

PTI

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