A Sessions Court in Ramanagara near Bengaluru has issued a non-bailable warrant against controversial godman Nithyananda in a rape case of 2010. The trial of the case has begun and witnesses have been examined but the trial was stalled for 3 years due to the absence of Nithyananda. It is said that he has not responded to summons issued against him since 2019. The Non bailable warrant is returnable by September 23.
The rape case was filed against Nithyananda in 2010 based on a complaint by his former driver Lenin. Nithyananda was arrested and later released on bail. In 2020, his bail was cancelled as Nithyananda is said to have escaped from the country and established an ashram called Kaliasa which is in an unknown location.
The NBW was issued as the godman failed to make an appearance since 2019 and also did not respond to multiple summons.