Nityananda admitted to hospital after chest pain

Controversial self-styled godman Nityananda Swami, arrested on rape and other charges, was admitted to a hospital here tonight after he complained of "severe chest pain", hospital sources said.

Bangalore: Controversial self-styled godman Nityananda Swami, arrested on rape and other charges, was admitted to a hospital here tonight after he complained of "severe chest pain", hospital sources said.

Nityananda was taken to the government-run Jayadeva Institute of Cardiology and was admitted in the ICU, the sources said adding, his condition was stable.

"His condition is being monitored. The doctors will decide the future course of action tomorrow morning," the sources said.

Earlier in the day, Nityananda was produced before a court at Ramanagaram, about 40 kms from here, which extended his police custody by two more days.

Nityananda`s close aide Nitya Bhaktananda alias Seelam Reddy, who was also produced in court, was remanded to 14 days` judicial custody.

The self-styled godman landed in a controversy last month after TV channels telecast video footage purportedly showing him in a compromising position with a Tamil actress.

Tamil Nadu police had registered cases for various crimes, including rape, against Nityananda before transferring them to Karnataka.

Nityananada, who had been in hiding for over a month after his alleged involvement in the sex scandal surfaced, was arrested along with four others at Solan in Himachal Pradesh on April 21.

Nityananada and Nitya Bhaktananda, who were nabbed in a joint operation by the police teams of Karnataka and Himachal Pradesh, were brought to Bangalore the next day.

Rejecting the allegations against him, Nityananda had announced recently that he would lead a life of "spiritual seclusion" and quit as head of his ashram.

PTI

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