Godman Nityananda`s judicial custody extended

A local court on Wednesday extended the judicial custody of self-styled godman Nityananda Swami, arrested on criminal charges including rape, till May 26.

Updated: May 12, 2010, 18:03 PM IST

Ramanagara: A local court on Wednesday extended the judicial custody of self-styled godman Nityananda
Swami, arrested on criminal charges including rape, till May
26.

Police informed Sessions Court judge Vijayalakshmi
that they were not in a position to produce Nityananda today
as its personnel have been drafted for security for the gram
panchayat polls.

The judge accepted the plea for extension of judicial
custody.

Meanwhile, Nityananda has hired the services of a
Mumbai based law firm to replace Chandramouli, who withdrew
from his cases. Vedavyas and Vivekananda Gupta of Nitin Prasad
Associates, Mumbai would appear for Nityananda.

Nityananda landed in a controversy in March after
local TV channels 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.

PTI