Bangalore/Chennai: A Karnataka court on Wednesday
extended by two more days police custody of self-styled godman
Nityananda Swami, arrested on criminal charges including rape,
even as he moved the Madras High Court seeking anticipatory
bail in three cheating cases.
A sessions court at Ramanagaram, 40 km from Bangalore,
extended the custody on a plea by Criminal Investigation
Department, seeking more time as Nityananda`s questioning had
to be halted after he was hospitalised for a day.
The controversial swami was produced before Judge Hungund
amidst tight security.
CID sources said Nityananda`s former Chennai-based
disciple Lenin Karuppanan who blew the lid off the alleged sex
scandal by making the video clippings of his sleaze activities
with an actress public, was summoned for questioning on April
25 and 26.
"We have seized some documents and a memory card from
him, which need to analysed," the sources said.
The CID has not been able to make much headway in
extracting information from Nityananda as either he goes into
`dhyana` (meditation) mode when he is about to be questioned
or feigns some illness or the other.
"He seems to be a hard nut to crack," police said.
Meanwhile, Nityananda moved the Madras High Court seeking
anticipatory bail in three cheating cases registered against
him in Tamil Nadu and Puducherry.
According to his petition, a man named Aladi Mahendran
and few others, who claimed themselves as advocates practising
in Puducherry had submitted a "false" complaint at Orleanpet
Police Station in the union territory alleging that he had
cheated public in the guise of a sanyasi and amassed huge
properties and insulted religious feelings of Hindus.
Similar cases were also registered by Angayarkani, an
advocate and T M Viswanathan, a freelance reporter, with
Chennai police commissioner and Coimbatore Police Commissioner
respectively, the petition said.
Nityananda, who remained elusive for over a month after
the alleged sex scandal came out into the open, was arrested
along with his aide Nitya Bhaktananda in a joint operation by
Karnataka and Himachal Pradesh Police from Solan district in
Himachal Pradesh on April 21.