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Nityananda ashram rejects charge of rape

Bangalore: Rejecting rape charge and doubts raised over death of a foreign devotee of self-styled godman Paramahamsa Nityananda, his ashram here today said he would make a public appearance soon and answer all allegations.

The charges were part of a “conspiracy to malign the image of the swami and impede ashram’s social activities,” the ashram spokesperson Nitya Sachidananda told reporters at the Nityananda Ashram near Bidadi, about 40 km from here.

A 23-year-old woman, an inmate of the Bidadi ashram, had alleged that Nithyananda had raped and sexually harassed dozens of women in the ashram.

Chennai police have registered a rape and cheating case against Nityananda, days after video footage of his alleged sleazy acts were telecast by TV channels.

Sachidananda also denied a charge that mystery shrouded the death of foreign national Melvyan Boyd Diamond, a Yoga teacher in the ashram.

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