Godman's advocate quits

 
Advocate H S Chandramouli, who had been representing Nithyananda in all the cases pending against him in Ramanagar, Bangalore and Chennai, has given a no objection certificate in court paving the way for the appointment of new legal counsel for the godman, who finds himself embroiled in charges of rape, unnatural sex, hurting religous sentiments and criminal intimidation.

Advocate Chandramouli cited his inability to attend to all the cases of the godman in the three cities, as it would affect his court appearances with regard to other clients.

Speaking to Deccan Herald he said: “I have cases pending in sessions courts and other circuit benches, so it is unreasonable to be expending so much time on one case.”

The advocate admitted that he was unaware that the case would drag for such a long time and it was becoming increasingly difficult to maintain appearances everywhere. “When he was arrested, I had to go to the jail, speak to the authorities take instructions on a regular basis. My client is innocent, but how long could I continue this?” he questioned.

The overwhelming negative publicity the case has gathered has contributed to its slow progress, hampering his other cases, he claimed.

When asked if he was being shown the door as the godman was unhappy with the way his anticipatory bail case was handled, Chandramouli shot back saying that Nithyananda was free to have his counsel changed anytime he wanted and he did not have to wait this long to do so.

The case is now expected to be handled by Delhi-based advocate Pradhan.

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