This Article is From Sep 03, 2014

'Sex Swami' Nithyananda Will Take Potency Test, Rules Supreme Court

'Sex Swami' Nithyananda Will Take Potency Test, Rules Supreme Court

File photo of self styled godman Nithyananda

New Delhi: Nithyananda, the self-declared godman accused of rape, has been ordered to take a potency test by the Supreme Court.

The 36-year-old was arrested in 2010 in Himachal Pradesh and is being tried in Bangalore. The man who was treated by thousands as a spiritual guru told the city court that is trying him that he is like a child and not capable of having sex. The court then ordered a series of medical tests, which he appealed against in different courts.

Nithyananda had a huge ashram on the outskirts of Bangalore. He disappeared from there four years ago after local television channels ran footage that allegedly showed him in a compromising position with an actress.

He was located and arrested in Himachal Pradesh nearly two months later. Four of his associates from the ashram have also been charged with rape.

A US-based woman has also alleged that she was sexually abused by Nithyananda for five years, a charge denied by him. Other women disciples then claimed that they had been asked to have sex with him and his associates.