More problems mount for self-styled godman Nityananda as the Madurai Bench of the Madras High Court has ordered notice to him and others over a petition filed by the Hindu Makkal Katchi (HMK).

HMK has alleged Nityananda of indulging in an obscene behaviour at the Madurai Adheenam mutt.

Nityananda is the junior pontiff of the Madurai Adheenam. The Hindu Makkal Katchi's petition alleged that Madurai Adheenam mutt was being used for practicing immoral activities, blaming the godman for all these.

The Madurai bench comprising of Judge A. Selvam after hearing the petition ordered notice to Nityananda and others, including actress Ranjitha, reported TOI.

This comes at a time when Nityananda has absconded fearing for his possible arrest by the Karnataka police The Karnataka chief minister DV Sadananda Gowda on Monday directed police officials to take him and his Dhyanapeetam ashram in Bangalore, under custody over the recent attack on media persons and an alleged sexual abuse case against him.

Last week, Nityananda's devotes allegedly roughed up journalists who were called for a press conference by him at the Dhyanapeetam ashram. Following the incident, journalists and other people staged protests against the godman across Karnataka, demanding the government to take action against him.

The controversies deepened when a former woman disciple from US came on a Kannada TV channel and leveled sexual abuse charged against him.  

The ongoing protest against Nityananda and the women's alleged revelation, prompted CM Gowda to direct the police to arrest him. Sources said, the chief minister has ordered the police officials to arrest Nityananda within two days.

Nityananda has been in the headlines since 2010 after a sleazy video purportedly showing him and a film actress in a compromising position was aired on a TV channel. However, both argued that the CD was doctored and intended to spoil their reputation.

Lenin Kuruppan, one of his former disciples, levelled a slew of sexual abuse allegations against Nityananda. Following this, Nityananda was arrested last year, but he secured bail.