SC asks Nithyananda to undergo potency test

The Supreme Court has dismissed a petition filed by self-styled godman Nithyananda against conducting potency test on him in a 2010 rape case.

New Delhi: The Supreme Court has dismissed a petition filed by self-styled godman Nithyananda against conducting potency test on him in a 2010 rape case.

Nithyananda had approached the apex court against a Karnataka High Court`s order directing him to undergo potency test.

During the trial, the apex court had questioned controversial godman for his reluctance to undergo the test saying such examinations were necessary in view of growing number of rape cases.

"These things are becoming necessary day-by-day in view of rise in rape cases. Can you say that potency test cannot be done? We are at least not party to such (proposition)," the bench said.

The Karnataka government had told the court that a potency test was necessary to verify Nithyananda's claim of not having any desire as he was neither a man nor a woman.

The bench said that there is no reason why an accused in a rape case should not be subjected to potency test and also questioned the police for delay in conducting the test in the 2010 case.

"Nobody (accused) should avoid these tests. Why are you so scared of it? Inferences might be drawn from your reluctance to undergo the test," it said.

The bench said that delay in such test is in favour of accused and the accused can be discharge from the case if the report comes negative.

It also expressed anguish over the case lingering on for the past four years when the matter was mentioned before it and warned that it cannot allow this to continue and that the investigation has to be completed.

The High Court had on August 1 stayed the non-bailable arrest warrant issued by a Ramanagaram court against Nithyananda and four of his followers in connection with the case.

The 37-year-old has founded an ashram with its headquarters on the outskirts of Bangalore.