BANGALORE: The Karnataka High Court on Wednesday gave the green signal to the police to conduct a potency test on controversial and self-styled godman Nithyananda.
The court also dismissed a criminal petition filed by him challenging an order passed by a Ramanagaram court dated June 18, 2012 for conducting various tests on him.
While passing the order, Justice S N Satyanarayana directed the Criminal Investigation Department (CID), which is investigating the case, to take Nithyananda into custody and conduct the potency test if he refuses to undergo it. Arathi Rao, one of his devotees, had filed a rape and sexual harassment complaint against him.
In response, Nithyananda had submitted before the court that he is like a six-year-old boy and is not capable of indulging in sexual intercourse with anybody.
After his submission, the court directed the police to conduct a potency test on him. However, Nithyananda had challenged this in the High Court.
Justice Satyanarayana also dismissed another petition filed by Nithyananda seeking to quash the complaint filed by Arathi Rao and stay the CID investigation.
The court observed that the investigation is in progress and it does not want to interfere in the investigation at this jucture.
The court also dismissed another petition filed by four accused Gopal Reddy, Siva Vallabanani, Ragini and Dhanashekharan seeking to quash a complaint filed against them by Nithyananda’s driver Lenin.