SC refuses to stay trial court proceedings against Nithyananda - 2016-12-15
The Supreme Court on Wednesday refused to stay the trial court proceedings against Swami Nithyananda in a six-year-old rape case.
A bench comprising Justices Dipak Misra and A M Khanwilkar did not agree with the plea made by a counsel representing Nitya Dharmananda alias K Lenin, asking for the suspension of the trial court proceedings in view of a pending challenge to a high court order that had directed handing over certain documents, including "unauthenticated medical records" of the rape victim, to Nithyananda.
Nithyananda's counsel Sanjay Nuli opposed the plea, questioning the locus standi of the petitioner in the criminal case. Lenin, who acted as driver of Nithyananda, had filed a complaint with the police.