KUALA LUMPUR: A religious centre here which promotes the teachings of tainted Indian spiritual guru Swami Paramahamsa Nithyananda, who is allegedly involved in a sex scandal, has ceased its operations.
"We made the decision to stop operations for a while following advice from the Malaysia Hindu Sangam," the centre's spokesman was quoted in the local media as saying after the centre was flooded with calls from followers since the guru's alleged involvement in the scandal broke out in India.
Nithyananda landed in trouble following the telecast of video footage by a South Indian television channel allegedly showing him in a compromising position with a Tamil actress.
The spokesman said the ashram, set up two years ago, in Taman Desa Gombak was the only centre in Malaysia to promote the teachings of Nithyananda.
"We do not have the exact number of devotees in Malaysia or healing centres. I believe there are about 400 healers in the country," the local Star newspaper quoted him as saying.
Chennai police has registered a rape and cheating case against Nityananda after video footage of his alleged sleazy acts were telecast by TV channels.
Nityananda's ashram in India has said that he would make a public appearance soon and answer all allegations.
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