Court notice to CID on Nithyananda application

RAMANAGARA (KARNATAKA): A local court here has issued a notice to Criminal Investigation Department (CID) probing into the FIRs filed against self-styled godman Nithyananda.

Chief Judicial Magistrate, Ramanagara court, issued the notice to CID on March 19 on an application filed by Nithyananda seeking direction to the CID to furnish the unedited audio and video recordings of the interrogation to which he was subjected while in custody of CID between April 21 to 30, last year.

The court directed the CID to file its objection by March 31.

In the application filed by Nithyananda’s counsel K V Dhananjay, the accused (Nithyananda) has reiterated that he never uttered or said anything to the CID in the nature of confession or admission attributed to him by the CID in its "press propaganda".

He (Nithyananda) further submitted that from the very first day CID had tried "to influence and infiltrate public opinion by fabricating and concocting certain statements on its own as if it was his response to the CID during interrogation".

Nithyananda, who landed in controversy in March last year after a local TV channel aired a purported video footage showing him in a compromising position with a Tamil actress, submitted that as a religious practitioner,his sole occupation in life has been giving religious and spiritual discourses.

By contributing and sponsoring such media reporting against him, the CID has "created a massive and pervasive atmosphere of public disgust, disenchantment and hostility against him which has rendered it practically impossible for him to receive a fair trial unless he is provided with means to disprove the confessions falsely attributed to him," he submitted.(PTI)

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