With pressure mounting from public in Karnataka to act against the controversial self-styled godman Nithyananda, the State government is now considering to take over the Nithyananda Dhynapeetam Ashram near Bidadi on the outskirts of Bangalore.
Talking to reporters in Dharwad, Law and Parliamentary Affairs Minister S Suresh Kumar said, “The government is considering taking over the administration of the ashram for alleged objectionable activities taking place there,” he said.
Reacting to a series of protests against the controversial godman after a fracas between his disciples and the protesting activists in front of the ashram on Friday, Kumar said, “Chief Minister D V Sadananda Gowda and Home Minister R Ashok will take a decision on taking over the Ashram.”
Meanwhile, Ramangara district-in-charge Minister and Forest Minister CP Yogeshwar has sought a detailed report on the entire incident from the district SP Anupam Agarwal and Deputy Commissioner V Srirama Reddy.
The godman had convened a press conference on Thursday to clarify on allegations levelled by one of his former disciples Arathi Rao. She had alleged in a TV news Channel that Nithyanadna sexually abused by her for five years.
Meanwhile, the efforts of the police to search and trace out Nithyananda failed as he deserted the ashram two days ago. He, however, resurfaced in Madurai on Saturday.