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A Ramanagaram court on Wednesday allowed the CID to conduct medical and physical tests on self-styled godman Swami Paramahamsa Nithyananda in connection with a rape and sexual abuse case lodged against him in 2010.

Chief judicial magistrate Varthur Venkatagiriyappa Pushpavathi passed an order in this regard after the CID filed an application seeking permission to conduct the tests on the godman.

The CID, which had already filed a chargesheet against Nityananda in the case, had not subjected him to a medical and physical examination as he had refused to undergo the tests. With the court granting permission to the CID’s request, the investigation will come to a close, a CID officer told TOI.

The case of rape and criminal intimidation was originally booked against Nityananda by a devotee with the Bidadi police, and later transferred to the CID.

The CID’s fresh move comes in the backdrop of fresh controversies gripping the Bidadi headquarters of the godman. The ashram witnessed widespread violence after some pro-Kannada activists staged a protest at the ashram gate on June 8, after Nityananda had asked a few mediapersons to get out of his press conference the previous day, resulting in fisticuffs.

The state government ordered a probe into the ashram’s “shady and illegal” affairs and threatened to seal it. The government’s move was challenged by Nityananda.

The godman was arrested later, in connection with the June 7 violence. However, he was released on bail. On Tuesday, the ashram was handed over to Nityananda’s representatives


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