Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Swami Nithyananda still waiting for bail

Swami Nithyananda, the famous godman of Tamil Nadu, is waiting for his release. On May 26, 2010, his bail plea will be submitted to the High Court of Kerala.

On May 18, 2010, HS Kempanna, the High Court judge, posted the hearing to next week after Nithyananda’s lawyers asked for more time.

Nithyananda applied for bail in a case registered against him by his former disciple Lenin Karuppan. It was Lenin Karuppan who video recorded Nithyananda’s sex session and exposed it to the media and the authorities.

On May 3, 2010, Nithyananda pleaded for bail to the lower court but on May 6, 2010, the Ramanagara sessions court denied any bail to Nithyananda on the ground that Nithyananda and his disciples would tamper with the evidence.

Public prosecutor, Srirama Reddy, told the court that Nithyananda’s victims were afraid to come forward and giving their statement because the rich and influential followers of the godman were restraining them.

Nithyananda also applied for an anticipatory bail in a cheating case filed by Vishhwanath.

Criminal Investigation Department (CID) froze the accounts of the four trusts operated by Nithyananda. It sent letters to ICICI, Corporation Bank and Canara Bank, asking them to freeze the accounts of Dhyanapeeta Charitable Trust, Nithyananda Foundation, Nithyananda Dhyanapeeta, and Nithyanandeshwara Devasthana. The followers of Nithyananda filed four writ petitions challenging the freezing of all the bank accounts by CID.

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