Court stays all further proceedings against Nityananda

Madras High Court stayed all further proceedings against self styled godman Nityananda Swami, facing criminal charges including rape, by Puducherry police on a complaint by some advocates practicing in the union territory.

Chennai: The Madras High Court today stayed
all further proceedings against self styled godman Nityananda
Swami, facing criminal charges including rape, by Puducherry
police on a complaint by some advocates practicing in the
union territory.

The interim stay was given by Justice C T Selvam on a
petition filed by Nityananda, who sought to quash the
proceedings against him.

Nityananda submitted that on March 5, advocate Aladi
Mahendran and a few others, claiming themselves to be lawyers,
in a "false" complaint to police, had alleged that he had
cheated the general public in the guise of a `sanyasi`,
amassed huge properties and "insulted" the religious feelings
of Hindus.

The police had registered a FIR on the "vague" complaint
without proper verification, due to pressure from the
complainant even though a prima facie case had not been made
out, he alleged.

Nityananda contended that a reading of the complaint
would clearly establish that it had been preferred only to
gain publicity.

Stating that the complainant was neither affected nor
aggrieved by his alleged misconduct, Nityananda claimed the
complainant had no locus standi to file the complaint and
police ought not to have registered a case.
He denied indulging in any illegal activity as alleged in
the complaint.

The self-styled godman landed in a controversy in March
after some TV channels in Karnataka aired purported video
footage showing him in a compromising position with a Tamil
actress. He was arrested from Solan in Himachal Pradesh on
April 21.

Nityananda, who spent 53 days in jail on rape and other
criminal charges, was granted bail by the Karnataka High Court
on June 11 and was released from prison on June 12.

PTI

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