New Delhi: Referring to a photograph with Nithyananda doing rounds on the internet, Congress leader DK Shivakumar on Friday claimed to have met the self-styled guru at an ashram over a year ago during the Karnataka elections, stated a report.

Shivakumar was quoted by news agency ANI as saying, “I met him more than a year ago for a few minutes when I went to his ashram during elections. We meet many godmen, they are also a part of our constituency. I don’t know the issues associated with that person.”

Earlier in the day, Swami Nithyananda was reported to have fled the country. Ahmedabad (Rural) Superintendent of Police R V Asari was quoted by news agency PTI as saying, “Nithyananda has fled abroad, and if required, the Gujarat police will seek his custody through proper channel.” On Wednesday, an FIR was registered against him for kidnapping, confining and using children to collect donations from followers to run his ashram, stated a report.

While some reports claimed that Nithyananda had fled to Trinidad and Tobago, the Ministry of External Affairs noted that they have not received any official information or request for Nithyananda’s extradition yet. Quoting foreign ministry spokesperson, an NDTV report said, “We have no formal information, neither from the Gujarat police nor the Home Ministry. Also, for any extradition request, we need the location and nationality details of the person. We don’t have such info about him yet.”