Tribune Web Desk
Chandigarh, December 7
A video of rape accused self-styled godman Nithyananda has surfaced in which the swami is heard saying that “now nobody can touch me and no stupid court can prosecute me for revealing the truth. I am Param Shiva.”
In the undated video, Nithyananda is heard saying: “The whole world is against me and telling you don’t go to Nithyananda, but by being here you declared your integrity and allegiance to me... I promise you, no more death for you all.”
“I will show my integrity to you by revealing the reality and truth to you. Now nobody can touch me, I can tell you the truth - I am Param Shiva. Understand? No stupid court can prosecute me for revealing the truth. I am Param Shiva. "
Nithyananda appeared to be speaking to his followers from an unknown location and is dressed in a rust-coloured turban and robe. The video was circulated on November 22.
Nithyananda is wanted for alleged rape and abduction.
Meanwhile, the Ecuadorian government on Friday denied that it has granted asylum to self-styled Nithyananda or helped him purchase any land in the South American country.
The Ecuador government statement came as the Indian Ministry of External Affairs said that it has cancelled Nithyananda's passport, and has also "sensitised" all its foreign missions and posts to keep track of his movements.
The Embassy of Ecuador, in a statement, said they had denied Nithyananda's request for asylum, and he left the country for Haiti.
The statement read: "The Embassy of Ecuador categorically denies the statement, wherever published, that self styled Guru Nithyananda was given asylum by Ecuador or has been helped by the government of Ecuador in purchasing any land or island in South America near or far from Ecuador." "Moreover, Ecuador denied the request for international personal protection (refuge) made by Mr. Nithyananda before Ecuador and later on, Mr. Nithyananda left Ecuador presumably on his way to Haiti." It also urged digital or print media houses to "refrain from citing Ecuador in any form in all pieces of information related to Mr. Nithyananda".
The statement comes days after Nithyananda announced the creation of Kailaasa, a "Hindu homeland", on an island allegedly purchased by one of his followers from Ecuador.
Nithyananda had allegedly fled India without a passport to save himself from a rape case registered against him in Karnataka.
In 2010, a video of him in a compromising position with an actress emerged online and he was later arrested on charges of rape. He was also arrested and charge-sheeted in a separate case of rape later.
According to reports, Nithyananda is now being investigated by French authorities for alleged fraud worth $4,00,000.
Last month, an FIR was registered against Nithyananda after two girls went missing from his ashram in Ahmedabad - Yogini Sarvagyapeetham. He was charged with kidnapping and wrongful confinement of children to make them collect donations from followers to run his ashram. With inputs from IANS
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