The Karnataka High Court on Monday quashed two FIRs filed against self-styled godman Nithyananda, one pertaining to his activities at the ashram and the other over alleged assault on a pro-Kannada leader.
Self-styled godman Nityananda, whose appointment as head of the Madurai Adheenam has triggered a controversy, today said he would organise a rally on May 27 to counter the one led by a congress leader protesting his appointment.
Tension prevailed at Madurai Adheenam (Mutt) here, one of the oldest Saivite mutts in the country, as Hindu outfits staged a protest against the appointment of self-styled godman Nithananda as its 293rd pontiff.
Ending his long silence, self-styled godman Nityananda, facing charges of sexually abusing devotees, today refuted the allegations as baseless and a "blackmailing tactic by powerful people" to extort money from him.
A court on Friday stayed
proceedings in a case filed by a devotee of self-styled godman
Nityananda against his former driver K Lenin, accusing him of
offences including trespass and distribution of obscene
Two women devotees of self-styled
godman Nityananda, including South Indian film actress Ranjita, have filed separate complaints against former disciple Lenin Karuppan accusing him of attempted rape, extortion and other charges.
The Karnataka High Court on Wednesday
allowed self-styled godman Nityananda, facing charges of rape
and unnatural sex, to withdraw a petition seeking quashing of
all criminal proceedings against him and to file a fresh plea.