The rumour mills are abuzz with claims that self-styled Godman Nithyananda has fled India. The Gujarat Police has requested a detailed report from the Foreign Ministry on Swami Nithyananda and has also intensified search operations after two girls went missing from the controversial 'godman's' school.
Issuing a clarification on missing rape accused Swami Nityananda's presence in Trinidad and Tobago, the Ministry of External Affairs said, "No formal communication by Gujarat police or from the Home ministry yet. Also, for extradition request, we need the location & nationality details of the person. We don't have such info about him yet."
An FIR has already been registered against Nithyananda on charges of kidnapping and wrongful confinement of children to make them collect donations from followers to run his ashram in Ahmedabad. The state police have also arrested two women disciples of Nithyananda, identified as Sadhvi Pranpriyananda and Priyatatva Riddhi Kiran.
Both the women disciples have allegedly kidnapped at least four children and kept them in illegal confinement in a flat and used them as child labourers to promote activities of the ashram and collect donations.
The two women disciples are responsible for running the ashram "Yogini Sarvagyapeetham".
Swami Nithyananda and Ranjitha sex video tape
Years ago, a video featuring Swami Nithyananda and Ranjitha surfaced on the internet and went viral on social media. The controversial footage showing the two in a compromising position was also aired by several television channels. The incident led to public outrage in Bengaluru with some vandalising the swami's ashram in Bididi.