CID report stolen, says Nithyananda

CID report stolen, says Nithyananda

The Crime Investigation Department (CID) of police had submitted before the court that the audio and video interrogation tapes were stolen from its custody and shared with a news channel, according to self-styled godman Nithyananda.

Stating this to the media at a press conference at his sprawling Bidadi Ashram, Nithyananda said the media had reported many things quoting CID sources.

“Referring to the interrogation conducted by CID, the media had published many reports maintaining that I had relations with 15 women. This made us seek the audio and video tapes of the interrogation,” said Nithyananda.

"Sanjay Marketing Company was entrusted with the work of installing audio, CCTV system in the interrogation room and the said work was in progress when Nithyananda was being interrogated, but the proprietor of MAASTEK by name Vijay with the active assistance of his employees committed theft of the video and audio clippings and shared the same for wrongful gains with Udaya TV and other channels," Nithyananda said, purportedly quoting from the CID submission before the court.

Nithyananda said the newspapers quoted CID sources, which denied having supplied any news. He added that he had never, at any point of time when he was in the custody of police for eight days, said he had relations with many women.

‘Don’t sensationalise’

After the CID's submission in the court, an emboldened Nithyananda asked media persons who should be blamed for the situation. “In our Ashram there are 500 women. Please feel pity on them. Now they have been disgraced (due to the entire episode). They are continuously harassed in public for no fault of theirs,” said Nithyananda.

According to Nithyananda, sarees of at least ‘17 women devotees were pulled’ in public, at seven places his Brahmacharis were thrashed and the Ashram call centre received about 300 phone calls for prostitution.