Holy man resigns over sex scandal

A Hindu holy man with thousands of
followers across India resigned as head of a religious organisation after
police began investigating his role in a sex scandal, officials said.

Video footage allegedly showing
Nithyananda Swami, head of Dhyanapeetam, or “knowledge centre,”
frolicking with two women angered hundreds of devotees who tried to ransack his
centre outside the southern city of Bangalore this month.

The 32-year-old has denied any
links to the women and said the tapes were doctored, but the police are
investigating and have asked people to come forward with evidence.

This month has been particularly
bad for India’s self-styled holy men with Indian police arresting one for
running a brothel involving air stewardesses and college students, while
charging another with kidnapping a minor.

Nithyananda Swami, who has big
politicians and movie stars as devotees, announced his resignation in a
statement.

“I have decided to live a life
of spiritual seclusion, for some indefinite time…,” he said on his
website.

Nithyananda Swami has spiritual
centres in Europe and United States and Dhyanapeetam runs free medical centres
and supplies food to the poor.

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