CID presents abuse case against godman in HC

Excerpts of the statement of the woman, whose identity was not disclosed, was read out in open court by a senior officer of the state Criminal Investigation Department (CID) on the orders of Justice Nagaraj who was hearing Nithyananda’s petition for quashing of the original FIR filed in April, a month after the sex scandal involving him broke.

CID deputy inspector general of police K S R Charan Reddy read out damning portions of the woman’s 26-page statement that alleged that Nithyananda forced her into having sex by telling her it was all part of “madhura bhava.” So graphic were the details that Justice Nagaraj asked the CID officer to stop reading further.

The statement alleged that the first time Nithyananda had sex with the woman was in February 2005 at the Bidadi ashram near here, though she objected to his “inappropriate behaviour.”

But Nithyananda allegedly told the woman: "Do you believe in enlightenment?" The woman replied she did, to which Nithyananda said that he “can do nothing wrong…even unconsciously.”

The statement alleges that when the woman pointed out to Nithyananda that she was married, that he was a sannyasi and that it would be “wrong to be physically intimate,” he quoted extensively from his book 'Living Enlightenment' by referring to 'madhura bhava'.

“I was completely overpowered," the woman alleges in her statement, adding that “he did not want me to discuss these things with anyone” because that would amount to “abusing the master, which is the worst sin.” She alleged that Nithyananda forced her to have sex with him again on a certain day in April 2005 at the house of devotee outside Bangalore. The statement alleges that while having sex, Nithyananda “whispered in my ears” that “you are my Radha, my most beloved.”

The woman’s statement, as well as those of other devotees and five ‘non-disclosure agreements’ that Nithyananda entered into with as many devotees, would form part of the CID's affidavit that it will  submit to the High Court on Thursday when the case comes up for hearing again.

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