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Bangalore : Nithyananda goes into Lock-up with Laboured Grin


Bangalore : Nithyananda goes into Lock-up with Laboured Grin

Bangalore, Apr 22 (DHNS) : The arrival section at Bengaluru International Airport (BIA) Thursday evening was a sea of Khaki - policemen armed with carbines and batons -- guarding Gate 7 from which was to emerge Nithyananda, the self-styled 33-year old godman, arrested by the state CID in Himachal Pradesh on Wednesday. 

When he did emerge, hands folded in a ‘namaste’, a rudraksh-bead necklace dangling from his wrist, and a cosmetic grin that for seven years was worn to charm hundreds, Nithyananda’s gaunt visage and his eyes could not conceal the fear and confusion.

By his right was his bespectacled US head of operations, Gopal Sheelum Reddy, alias Bhaktananda (described by a number of former devotees as ‘Rowdy Swami’), also arrested in CID’s stealth operation at Solan in Himachal Pradesh. Reddy is a green card holder and a resident of California.









As Nithyananda, dressed in a saffron robe under which he wore a saffron singlet, took a few steps out of Gate 7, chaos broke loose.

A battery of journalists, photographers, visitors to the airport and the police jostled with each other as plainclothes cops tried to make way for the godman to walk past.

In the utter pandemonium, when Deccan Herald asked Nithyananda whether he regretted it all, the godman stared but did not respond. One US-based NRI devotee who had met Nithyananda at the godman’s hideout told Deccan Herald over phone “the swami was without remorse for what he had done”.

Along with Gopal Reddy, the godman was bundled into a waiting car which sped away toward Ramanagara where he was first taken to the district government hospital for a simple, customary physical examination before being produced in court. The Judicial Magistrate remanded him to police custody for four days. Nithyananda and Reddy were later driven to the CID headquarters in the City and lodged in a lock-up.

The Karnataka CID clarified that only Nithyananda and Reddy were arrested in Wednesday’s raid while three other devotees, who were detained on Thursday, were taken to the Bidadi ashram. The three, however, will be called by the CID for further examination.

Nithyananda’s bete noir Lenin Karuppan, alias Dharmananda, who exposed the godman’s sexcapades with a Tamil actress, will arrive here Friday evening.

Nithyananda, Reddy, the three devotees and the CID team flew here on Kingfisher flight 107 (from Mumbai) that touched down at BIA at 6:40 pm.

Their luggage, comprising several suitcases, three laptops, three video cameras, backpacks and a bundle of documents, seized in Wednesday’s raid, were moved out in three cart-loads.

Police sources said after being arrested at Shivshankargarh village under Arki police station, Himachal Pradesh, on Wednesday, the accused persons were moved to Shimla. On Thursday morning, they were taken by road to Chandigarh from where they took a flight to Mumbai via Delhi. In all, the godman, arrested on several criminal charges, and his associates, were in air for a good seven hours before they landed here.

The interrogation of Nithyananda and Reddy by the CID will begin on Friday. The police will also analyse the laptops and the five SIM cards seized from the duo’s possession to find out leads for their case.

Police sources said the laptops and SIM cards are likely to yield “valuable information”.

The police are aware of the several calls Reddy made on behalf of Nithyananda to people in the US, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu. The police suspect that threat emails were sent out to some influential NRI former devotees in the US. One of the three associates is suspected to have made calls to an Andhra Pradesh-based devotee in a bid to “blackmail” him into silence.  

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    • venu, mangalore\pune

      Sat, Apr 24 2010

      Dave, Mangalore , but ur guru is still roaming free !!!

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    • vrdesouza, Miyar/DXB/Los/NBO

      Fri, Apr 23 2010

      we the one who gave Kamasutra to the world, and sex is worshiped in Vedic and Indian culture, I don’t think Nithya done is of any social harm, he had consent sex with a matured women, i wonder in what base he has been arrested, is it a rape or is it a adultery? having consent sex is a offence in Indian law books..? more over we are shouting that we need to introduce sex education in a elementary level … o common guys gimme break

      VR Desouza, Miyar

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    • Dave, Mangalore

      Fri, Apr 23 2010

      Finally guru of nagesh is shut up & shut in.

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    • manish, canada

      Fri, Apr 23 2010

      If the swami is sent to prison for having sex with a women with her consent.Then why ND Tiwari is left out. He had sex with a girls half his age inside the governors residence. which is the big crime?

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    • Stany D'sa, Balehonnur/Dubai

      Fri, Apr 23 2010

      It is really hard to find out who is Pure? The Swamiji? The Priest? or The Mullah? Time only tell when it is proved in the Court of Law. Until then we will watch lots of Drama which are fee of cost? Hai! when it is proved, I think many more Sagaas would be on the way. ultimately who is True to God?

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    • suresh, Haleangadi

      Fri, Apr 23 2010

      I am not supporting him, but Whatever swami has done is consensual.He has not forced anybody. Its so simple.
      After all he is a human being and he too has the right to privacy in his life.
      What he does in privacy-like how is wakes up, how he sleeps,how he baths, how he eats, etc.etc. is his look-out. He has not killed anybody. Why such a huge fuss.

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    • Atma, California

      Fri, Apr 23 2010

      Why is he being arrested again? What is his crime? Is there a non- Hindu or Communist or atheist hand behind all this? Lately, I too had been reading that most of Indian media is owned by foreigners and non-Hindus.
      Why is a Swami being targeted for, having consensual, if at all, sex within four walls? Something very fishy.

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    • soman, Mangagalore/Oman

      Fri, Apr 23 2010

      These media and so called inquisitive psudos are trying to malaign the Hindu religion, using this as an excuse.

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    • Charles D'Mello, Pangala

      Fri, Apr 23 2010

      Why rape charges on Swami Nityananda ???? Having sex with a adult woman, with her consent is called as rape..!!!??? What is the meaning of rape ??? Are we trying to re define the rape ????

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    • ankit, HYDERABAD

      Fri, Apr 23 2010


      WHY IS KARNATAKA GOVERNMENT /INDIAN GOVERNMENT IS NOT TRACING /DISCLOSING THE NAME OF BUSINESSMAN WHO HAS GIVEN NITHYANANDA HIS HOME AT ARKI,HIMACHAL PRADESH.THERE LOT OF POLITICIANS AN BUSINESSMEN BEHIND NITHYANANDA AND ALLEGATIONS ,I THINK SO, AS TOLD BY LENIN DHARMANANDA.

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    • ankit, HYDERABAD

      Thu, Apr 22 2010

      MY THANKS TO NEWS CHANNELS AND NEWS PAPERS [MEDIA] FOR DISCLOSING ALLEGATIONS OF FAKE GURUS AND FOR PROTECTING HINDU RELIGION AND STRENGHTENING HINDU RELIGION.
      NITHYANANDA IS ANT-HINDU CANDIDATE.JUST LISTEN TO TEACHINGS HE TELLS SOME LIES ALSO TO DEVOTEES FOR BRAINWASHING THEM.I KNOW (NOT EXTRA-ORDINARY)MUCH BAGVADH-GEETHA AND BAAGVATHAM.IN BAGAVADH-GEETHA ALSO HE TELLS MORE LIES TO HIS DEVOTESS TO BRAINWASH THEM.TO CONFIRM ABOUT THA SEE ALL HIS YOUTUBE VIDEOS WHERE HE TELLS ONLY ABOUT HIMSLEF FOR COMMERCIAL BENEFITS.

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    • Arun, Mangalore

      Thu, Apr 22 2010

      Dr. Rama.. and Mr. Manish, i do agree with you. even i feel that everyone has the right to have a personal life. do anybody has to comment anything, said by Dr. Rama i would like to read :)

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    • devi, Mysore

      Thu, Apr 22 2010

      Are all of you indians? I feel ashamed of you. Have any of you supported Nithyananda when he was doing good things? Like healing and social service? No? but now you have time to spend on your computer and bad mouth him?

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    • vinaya, MUMBAI

      Thu, Apr 22 2010

      ///Dr.Ramaswamy, Bangalore, India

      Hello brother,there are lot differences between consual sex between normal people and swamy.More over he did sex by cheating them,by brainwashing by saying that he is krishna's incornation.
      If want to Know clearly about Nithyananda frauds,allegations just listen and seen Videos of Lenin Dharmananda In Youtube Website.Nithyananda should be given /hanged to death by law

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    • ankit, hyderabad

      Thu, Apr 22 2010

      Nithyananda Frauds Include:
      1) Sandal wood Powder(100’s of kgs kept In only Bidadi Bangalore Ashram)—Cost of 1 Kg sandal wood powder is 20,000 rupees,
      2) Sandal Wood Oil- 1litre oil Cost 1.5 lac Rupees
      3) Marijuana seeds using In fire-Illgel of using them??
      4) Drugs using/giving to Devotees saying that he is having Spiritual Powers, It is Totally Fraud of nithyananda
      5) Prostitute Business/Stip Teasing business running in India /Foreign countries-Customers are Politicians and Rich business mans

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    • Musthak Ahmed , Udupi/Bangalore

      Thu, Apr 22 2010

      Shame on you. You fooled innocent people.

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    • Abul Hasan, Bangalore

      Thu, Apr 22 2010

      what a strange, can't believe in this civilised society.crime in the shade of Dharma.

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    • Nalini, Mangalore

      Thu, Apr 22 2010

      Now at last Nitya is in Bangalore Prison. Give him Dal and Roti now and not BIRIYANI. A Swamy having Laptop, Digital Camera, Computer and all kind of things shows whether he was a SWAMY or not ? Does a Swamy require all these things who is supposed to be in the Temples praying and Preaching. From outside Swamy and from inside something else. I hope now he is properly interrogated and & all the Big Fish caught who was supporting him within the Government and outside.

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    • vyasa,

      Thu, Apr 22 2010

      Arrest?Investigation? What is the charge? For doing something in bedroom which was already told by Swamiji and ashram as morphed.
      Pervertly clever media folks are skirting about what is it he is charged about and are ranting about arrest,investigation blah,blah

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    • R Sequeira, Mangalore/UK

      Thu, Apr 22 2010

      Devara aata ballavaraaru?
      But manushyana rampaata ellaru ballaru!!
      Lets say, Jai ho!!!

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    • Jacintha Lobo, Belthangady, Kuwait

      Thu, Apr 22 2010

      How decently he is folding his hands as if someone is coming to rescue him... wow.. he needs to be praised for it. He thinks that just being folding hands the people who were his ex devoties think he is real innocent man. Stop your acting man, instead count the bars in your new home. Dear Indians please open up your eyes,act like educated and come to the reality than feeling sad after getting fooled yourself.

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    • Bulsam, Mangalore

      Thu, Apr 22 2010

      Like IPL the organisations of god man too are tax-free money spinners. They misuse the religion and exploit the innocent devotees. They threat them, siphon money from them, sexually assault them, gives false assurance of miracles, kidnap and even kill those who oppose them.
      There are no middlemen between God and His creations and all those who claim to be so are lying with hidden agenda to exploit the ignorant through religion. This is just the tip of the ice-berg and it is happening in all religion all over the world.

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    • Langoolacharya, Belman/USA

      Thu, Apr 22 2010

      Swami Nityananda,

      You should be charged with "crime against humanity".

      I am just curious how State will prosecute "rape charges" against you, this is only accadamic interest, nothing to do with merit of the case.

      There is a guy called MK Nataraj, who is from DK, working as Deputy/Addition attorny general of Karnataka, i believe he can take up this high profile case in Ramanagar Sessions Court on behalf of state and prove "rape" charges and become third "Vidhvan" of undivided DK, rest two being Dr Oscar and Dr Moily.

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    • farooq Mangalore, Ajman UAE

      Thu, Apr 22 2010

      Cong Indian CID officers.i think good job for indian police.tnx fo daijiworld....

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    • Dr.Ramaswamy, Bangalore, India

      Thu, Apr 22 2010

      Why  this swamiji should be punished! I believe people and the government perception is wrong. After all he is a young man, he does had the feelings just like anyone else. It is people mistake they regarded him as a god. He preached spirituality and that was his profession and he did that right. One must not interfere his personal life and his privacy. He should have his legal rights protected particularly his privacy violation of his privacy rights. Is there any law that says that a spiritual leader should not have a life partner. Compare with other religious leaders. They have their life partner and family. Why not our religion should accept the same. Living a life as a saint might be easy, compare to living in a family life. May the this swamiji was about to make a revolution in practicing religion and becoming a family man. So, think outside the herd or box. Leave this man alone, change your expectation or don't follow him.
      Dr.Rama

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    • rijju, moodbidri

      Thu, Apr 22 2010

      kamuka kalla swami

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    • manish, canada

      Thu, Apr 22 2010

      Why is he sent to prison? For committing adultery with a married women with her consent?

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    • nazim , kasaragod/ dubai

      Thu, Apr 22 2010

      lots many swami's like him are still going around like this. all of them should be punished

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