Bangalore: With the Karnataka High Court
lifting conditions imposed on his spiritual activities,
self-styled godman Nityananda Swami, facing rape and other
criminal charges, today resumed religious discourses and
delivered a talk on freedom at his Bidadi ashram.
Earlier, while granting bail to Nityananda the court had
last month observed he had fallen short of his image as a
spiritual head and restrained him from conducting spiritual
preaching classes except yoga and meditation.
However, following an interlocutory application from
Nityananda that stated that the conditions took away his
freedom of speech, the court last week relaxed them.
Apart from his ashram members, more than 100 visitors
attended his religious discourses, ashram sources said.
Delivering his first public discourse after nearly 80
days, Nityananda recalled his life in prison. After his arrest
in April, he was released on bail on June 13.
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.