Bengaluru: The Karnataka High Court on Thursday sought to know from the state government about the whereabouts of controversial self styled 'godman' Swami Nithyananda, who is reportedly not in India.
The court was hearing a petition filed by Lenin, a complainant against Nithyananda, who is accused of rape and of hurting religious sentiments besides facing other charges. Lenin has approached the court seeking to quash the warrant issued against him.
The court while seeking to know the whereabouts of Nithyananda further questioned the purpose of issuing a warrant against the complainant if the accused is not in the country.
The advocate for Lenin, the complainant submitted before the court that the accused Nithyananda is not to be found in India. Nithyananda has reportedly set up his own country 'Kailaasa' on an Island allegedly bought from Ecuador, a country on South America's west coast, near Trinidad and Tobago.
The petitioner's advocate further submitted that Nithyananda has not been attending the proceedings whereas a warrant has been issued against the complainant for remaining absent for one day during the proceedings.
Meanwhile, the prosecution argued that the petitioner is making a serious allegation against the judge who is hearing the case of Nithyananda, and submitted that they will produce before the High Court, the entire case details pending before the lower court.
This is when the HC sought to know about the whereabouts of Nithyananda. Later, the HC stayed the proceedings before the court and directed the Registrar to produce the documents of the case before it....