SRIPERUMBUDUR: The Nithyananda sex scandal case took another twist on Friday as District Munsif- cum-Judicial Magistrate, Sriperumbudur, issued summons to the godman to appear before the court on April 2.
Advocate K Selvamani filed a private complaint against Nithyananda under section 295 (a) (deliberate and malicious acts intended to outrage religious feelings of any class by insulting its religion or religious belief) bypassing the police.
Selvamani submitted that the saffron robe has an innate religious sanctity in the Hindu ethos, and Nithyananda’s involvement in a sexual encounter with a woman while donning the holy saffron robe has offended the sentiments of the Hindus in addition to denigrating the tenets of Hinduism.
The complainant also prayed that the case be taken up by the court without referring the matter to the police.
Magistrate S Guna sekhar after examining the complainant as a witness and other relevant documents found that there were grounds for a prima facie case.
The court at its discretion issued a summons which will be personally delivered by a messenger at the Nithyananda Gnanapeetham ashram of the guru at Bidari near Bangalore, which is his headquarters.
Selvamani told Express that if the swami is not found at his headquarters, the court may invoke the necessary clause to issue a warrant against Nithyananda