Plea seeking to rescue son from Nityananda closed

The Madras High Court on Monday closed a Habeas Corpus petition (HCP) moved by a mother seeking to produce her son reportedly being kept captive in ashram run by self-styled godman Nityananda at Bidadi in Karnataka.


A division bench comprising Justice Vineet Kothari and Justice R Suresh Kumar before whom the plea came closed it after the woman’s son appeared in person and informed the court that he was at the ashram on his own volition and that he was not being captive.

The bench also raised a pointed question as to how he can desert his mother, to which he claimed that he had obtained sannyasin and was keen on serving only his guru. Following this, the bench closed the petition as the person was an adult and was at liberty to live his life.

Angammal of Erode had submitted that her son Muruganandam, a dentist, had joined Swami Nithyananda’s Dhyanapeetha ashram in Bidadi in 2003. Thereafter he was calledPranaswamy.

But following the attack on the disciples of Nityananda at the ashram recently, she had gone there to visit her son. But the ashram authorities refused access to meet her son. She also alleged that it was amply clear that her son was being detained illegally in the ashram. But with her pleas seeking to rescue her son failed to evoke any response, she had moved the HCP seeking to produce her son in body and render justice.

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