Swami Nithyananda could be one of the most searched topics on Google, but the controversial godman and his disciples look averse to more publicity by the media. On Thursday, when he was leaving the Ramanagara sessions court, photojournalists captured his images. His disciples, however, caught up in a tiff with the media and locals.
The locals left the disciples severely beaten up. Nithyananda’s disciple accused that the attack was pre-planned.
Around 11 am on Thursday, after the hearing, Nithyananda with other disciples accused in the chargesheet, Nitya Bhaktananda and Nitya Sachidananda, were returning, when the media stopped them. Nithyananda’s advocate Srikanth said, “One of the disciples Jai Eshwar hurt his finger and screamed for help, when suddenly the mob spread rumours and chased Eshwar a distance and beat him up. So far we haven’t lodged any complaint and suspect this was pre-planned.”
The media alleged that the disciples were trying to block the cameras and were manhandling them.
The CID had chargesheeted Nithyananda for rape, unnatural sex, cheating, criminal intimidation and conspiracy on November 27. The 430-page-long chargesheet is before the CJM, Ramanagara.
Hearing on the case has been posted to January 6, 2011.
Initially, the case was adjourned to December 30 as the counsellors argued that the CID was yet to trace the two other accused Nitya Sadananda and Maa Sachidananda. Also certain cases are in Tamil and needed translation which would need some time.
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