Paramahamsa Nityananda|Nitya Sachidananda|Bidadi ashram
Sex video: Ashram defends Nityananda
BANGALORE: Rejecting rape charge and doubts raised over death of a foreign devotee of self-styled godman Paramahamsa Nityananda, his ashram on Monday said he would make a public appearance soon and answer all allegations.
The charges were part of a "conspiracy to malign the image of the swami and impede ashram's social activities," the ashram spokesperson Nitya Sachidananda told reporters at the Nityananda Ashram near Bidadi, about 40 km from here.
A 23-year-old woman, an inmate of the Bidadi ashram, had alleged that Nithyananda had raped and sexually harassed dozens of women in the ashram.
Chennai police have registered a rape and cheating case against Nityananda, days after video footage of his alleged sleazy acts were telecast by TV channels.
Sachidananda also denied a charge that mystery shrouded the death of foreign national Melvyan Boyd Diamond, a Yoga teacher in the ashram.
"Diamond had family history of cardiac problems and he died following an accidental fall from the second floor of the building he lived in," he said, adding that the ashram had arranged for his cremation.
The operation to malign Nityananda had been done in "a surgical precision" and "Swamiji himself will come and comment on all the issues. As his "personal security" was at risk "we have advised him to come after some days," the spokesperson said.
The ashram, which faced violent protests after telecast of the video, has so far not lodged any police complaint.
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