Nithyananda case: SC to hear final arguments on July 17

The Supreme Court on Tuesday fixed July 17 for final arguments in the case related to rape charges against Nithyananda of  Dhyanapeetam at Bidadi, Ramanagaram district.

When the case came up for hearing before a three-judge bench headed by Justice Deepak Mishra, Shekhar Naphade, the advocate representing Nithyananda, said a minimum of two hours was required for him to make the submission. The bench said the matter would be heard after the summer vacation and fixed July 17 for final arguments.

The Supreme Court is hearing the Karnataka government’s petition challenging the order of the Karnataka High Court, wherein the prosecution was ordered to provide to the accused the statements of 32 witnesses, including that of a Tamil actress, the CD of whose purported video with the Swami had led to registration of criminal cases.

The high court had also directed furnishing medical records of another victim and her email conversations.

The Karnataka government, represented by additional advocate general Devadutt Kamat, said at this stage, the suspect was not entitled to documents which were not part of the charge sheet.

Nithyananda, facing charges for offences of rape and indulging in unnatural sex, was arrested on April 22, 2010.

He was granted bail on June 11 that year.He was directed by the apex court in 2014 to undergo potency test and give blood and voice samples required for investigation of the case registered on March 4, 2010.

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