A belated, yet welcome directive from Mr.Sadananda Gowda,Chief Minister of Karnataka to Law enforcement authorities to go after Nithyannanda and the issue of arrest warrant against Nithyananda and for search of the Bidadi Ashram has made the rat Nithyananada to hole up inside Ashram and his so-called disciples started fleeing.
What is sad is the statement of a woman disciple while leaving that mundane agencies can do nothing against Nithyananda!
For a Godman he is, is it not strange that he hides as a sewer rat and his disciples whining that the food rations are running out!
He could materialize these things and maintain the Ashram!
After a high-level meeting with home ministerR Ashoka, law minister S Suresh Kumar and top police officials, including DGP Lalrokhuma Pachau, the CM said he has asked the Ramanagaram deputy commissioner and the superintendent of police to secure custody of the ashram (Dhyanapeetham) to collect evidence about its activities and seal the ashram till order is restored. However, police are awaiting government’s order to launch a crackdown.
The decision follows recent unsavoury incidents at the ashram in Bidadi. A US-based woman has, in a complaint, accused him of abusing her for five years.
Police have launched a manhunt for Nityananda, who is reportedly absconding after his devotees assaulted reporters at the ashram last week for asking inconvenient questions.
The CM said he has asked regional commissioner Shambhu Dayal Meena to submit a report on the clashes. The government will hold discussions with the law department to seek cancellation of Nityananda’s bail, recently granted bail by the high court in connection with a case of rape and criminal intimidation. Nityananda is facing criminal charges, including rape, on complaints last year by some former disciples. He was arrested and released on bail.
On June 8, police lodged criminal cases against him and his followers for allegedly assaulting a reporter during a press conference at his ashram. The FIRs were filed on complaints from a regional TV channel reporter and activists of Nava Nirmana Sene. On a counter complaint by two followers of Nityananda, police registered two FIRs against the reporter and Sene activists for alleged outrage of modesty.
The reporter complained that he was assaulted after he asked a question at a press meet convened by the god-man about Nityananda’s refusal to accept court summons on charges of sexual abuse levelled against him by a US-based woman. When Nityananda’s men denied he had not been issued any summons, the reporter showed a copy of it that eventually led to a clash between the two.