Nithyananda moves SC, seeks discharge in rape case

Nithyananda moves SC, seeks discharge in rape case


Self-styled godman Swami Nithyananda on Monday approached the Supreme Court, seeking discharge in a case of sexual assault.

Senior advocate C V Nagesh along with advocate Sanjay M Nuli mentioned the matter before a bench of Justices L Nageswara Rao and Mohan M Shantanagoudar, who agreed to consider it on June 1, Friday.

Nithyananda has challenged the High Court of Karnataka order of May 16, 2018, that had dismissed the criminal revision petition against the framing of charges in the matter.

40-year-old, Nithyananda, who established an ashram near Bidadi on the outskirts of Bengaluru and various other places all over the world, faced charges for the offences of rape and indulging in unnatural sex. He was arrested on April 22, 2010. He was, however, granted bail on June 11, 2010.

The case was registered in the matter after a CD purportedly involving Malayalam actor Ranjitha Menon, with Nithyananda had surfaced. The actor, however, had claimed she was not at all involved in the act and her picture was morphed. However, a former follower came forward to make allegations of rape and unnatural sex against Nithyananda.