Today, 15/10/2014 the 1st hearing for Nithyananda rape case began in the trial court at Ramnagar. In Nov 2010 Karnataka CID had filed charge sheet against Nithyananda for rape and against his 5 secretaries for abetment & consiracy. Charge sheets are filed based on 2 victim statements and a total of 136 witnesses. Nithyananda & his secretaries had filed petition in the High Court to quash the charge sheet. Nithyananda had also refused to cooperate with the police for his medical test and voice test.
The Hon'ble Hgh Court of Karnataka dismissed all their petitions on 16/7/2014 and ordered Nithyananda to subject himself to the medical test & voice test. The Hon;ble juge had also noted the long delay of 4 years while the case wa still pending without trial.
Nithyananda and his cult team appealed to the Hon'ble Supreme Court of India for reject the High Court order. But on 3/9/2014, the Hon'ble Supreme Court upheld the High Court order and confirmed once again that Nithyananda must cooperate with the investigation, he must subject himself to medical & voice tests. That all accused must face trial and come out clean soon!
Based on the High Court order, on 8/9/2014, Nithyananda was subjected to medical & voice test. Amidst high drama, Nithyananda refused to consent for most important test and it has been reported that he also did not cooperate with the voice test, intentionally disguising his voice during the tests!
Despite all their efforts to delay & derail the case against Nithyananda, a special prosecutor has been appointed (4th prosecutor) and on 27/8/2014 the case was committed to proceed to trial in the Sessions court from 15/10 onwards.
Today, as the Hon'ble Sessions judge, Justice Manjula is on leave, the case had come before the CJM Hosagowdar.