Karnataka HC relaxes Nityananda`s bail conditions

Karnataka High Court today relaxed the bail conditions of self-styled godman Nityananda Swami, facing rape and other criminal charges, allowing him to preach.

Updated: Jul 09, 2010, 18:34 PM IST

Bangalore: Karnataka High Court today
relaxed the bail conditions of self-styled godman Nityananda
Swami, facing rape and other criminal charges, allowing him to
preach.

When the application filed by Nityananda came up,
Justice Subhash B Adi relaxed the bail conditions further
allowing him to report to the respective police station once
in 30 days instead of once in 15 days.

The court granted him bail on June 11 with a rider
that he would not be allowed to conduct spiritual preaching
classes except yoga and meditation. He was also restrained
from leaving the jurisdiction of police without informing and
asked to appear in the jurisdictional police station once in
15 days.

Meanwhile, Nityananda yesterday filed an application
for return of his belongings; his laptop and mobile phone
recovered by police when he was arrested in Solan in Himachal
Pradesh on April 21 and also the 22 hard discs and 10 video
cameras seized by CID during their subsequent raid at his
ashram in Bidadi.

The application will be heard on July 16.

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