The 430-page chargesheet filed before Ramanagara Chief Judicial Magistrate on November 27 has named Nityananda, Nitya Bhaktananda, Nithya Sachidananda, Nithya Sachidananda and Maa Sachidananda alias Ragini on the basis of two FIRs filed against them, a CID statement said here on Monday.
While charges under IPC Sections 376 (Rape), 377 (Unnatural sex), 417
(Cheating) 506 (Criminal Intimidation) and 120 B (Criminal Conspiracy)
have been made out against Nityananda, Nithya Bhaktananda has been
booked under IPC Section 212 (Harbouring an offender) and 120 (B).
Nityananda, who ran an ashram at Bidadi in the city outskirts, was
mired in a controversy and had absconded after a purported video footage
of him in a compromising position with an actress was aired on local
Tamil channels. He was arrested in Himachal Pradesh on April 21.
The chargesheet was filed by CID officer K N Yogappa, who investigated
the complaint by two former disciples K Lenin of Chennai and T N
Vishwanath after examining 101 witnesses in India and abroad and collecting more than 60 do*****ents, it said.
Nitya Sachidananda, Nitya Sadananda and Maa Sachidananda have also been
accused of assisting Nityananda in committing rape and unnatural sex.
Nityananda and Nitya Bhaktananda, who were arrested from Himachal
Pradesh have been enlarged on bail, while Nitya Sachidananda arrested
recently is now in judicial custody. Maa Sachidanand and Nithya
Sadananda have not been arrested.
During investigation, a woman
witness, whose identity was kept confidential, appeared before the
Investigating Officer and deposed that she was repeatedly raped by
Nithyananda, not only at his Bidadi ashram but in other parts of the
country as well, the CID said.
Nityananda allegedly deceived
the victim by stating she would achieve enlightenment if she subjected
herself to his sexual demands and it would lead to the path of 'moksha'
During investigation, a number of agreements
signed between devotees and ashram authorities taking consent of
devotees for taking part in 'tantrik sex' were also seized. Many more
such agreements were destroyed a few days before the case came to light,
the CID said.
The video CD produced by the complainant while
lodging the FIR was sent for forensic analysis, which confirmed the
recording was genuine and the image was that of Nityananda.
Meanwhile hearing on the criminal petition filed by Nityananda seeking
quashing of two FIRs was today adjourned by the high court to December