Nityananda`s police custody extended by two days
A court on Monday extended by two days the police custody of self-styled godman Nityananda Swami, arrested on criminal charges including rape.
Bangalore: A court on Monday extended by two
days the police custody of self-styled godman Nityananda
Swami, arrested on criminal charges including rape.
Ramanagaram Sessions Court judge Hungund extended the
custody of Nityananda on a plea by the Crime Investigation
Department (CID), probing the charges, seeking custody for
four more days.
Nityananda, embroiled in a sex scandal, was produced
before the judge amid tight security at the end of expiry of
the four-day police custody granted on April 22, a day after
he was arrested in Himachal Pradesh.
The CID in its remand application said the statement of
victims, Gopika and Ranjitha, had not been recorded and that
the police was also awaiting report from Forensic Science
Laboratory, Hyderabad, in connection with computer hard discs
seized from Nityanand`s ashram in Bidadi in Ramanagaram.
Nityananda`s counsel HS Chandramouli opposed the CID`s
plea for extension of police custody.
His close aide Nitya Bhaktananda alias Seelam Reddy, who
was also produced in court, was remanded in 14 days judicial
The bail application of Nityananda is likely to be heard
by the court on April 29.
Nityananda, who remained elusive for over a month after
video clippings purportedly showing him in a compromising
position with an actress were aired by TV channels, was nabbed
along with his aide in a joint operation by Karnataka and
Himachal Pradesh police teams in Solan district on April 21.