Bengaluru: In a development to Nithyananda rape case, the Karnataka High Court on Monday dismissed a petition seeking the transfer of the rape case from Ramanagara District Court to Bangalore. Also Read - Karnataka High Court Cancels Bail Plea of Nithyananda in 2010 Rape Case
Notably, Nithyananda is facing a trial under various section of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) including Sections 376 (rape), 420 (cheating), 114 (criminal abetment), 201 (disappearance of evidence, giving false information), 120B (criminal conspiracy). Also Read - ‘Could Not Serve Notice as Nithyananda is on Spiritual Tour,' Karnataka Police Tells High Court
Hearing the matter, Justice BA Patil then pulled up K Lenin, the petitioner in the matter. The complainant had cited inordinate and unwarranted delays in the proceedings. Also Read - Interpol Issues Notice to Locate Self-styled Godman Nithyananda: Gujarat Police
To which, the court said, “Though many a times the complainant has sought for adjournment on the ground of health problem, the records indicate that even though he was present before the Court, he has not stepped into the witness box to give evidence. The said attitude of the complainant [Lenin] is deprecated. If he really wants to do justice, then under such circumstances, he must come forward and give the evidence as contemplated under the law. Without doing the same, he has acted on his own way that he is leading the Court instead of Court controlling the case and proceeding with the matter.”
The judge then urged the local court in Ramanagara to expedite the trial.
Last month, Gujarat Police said that the Interpol issued a ‘Blue Corner notice’ to help in locating him.
At a time when the notice is issued to find his location, media reports have surfaced that he has created a ‘Hindu nation’ named as Kailaasa with its own flag and political setup. It is believed to have been set up on an island near Ecuador.
However, in December, the Embassy of Ecuador in the national capital denied giving asylum to Nithyananda or helping him in purchasing any land or island in South America.