Tuesday, March 30, 2010
A Hindu holy man in India has quit as head of a religious organization after police launched a probe into allegations of obscenity against him
Nithyananda Swami's announcement came weeks after a video emerged apparently showing him engaging in sexual acts with two women. Nithyananda Swami has a huge following in southern India. The video shocked his devotees and angered locals - his ashram near the southern city of Bangalore was vandalized after TV channels broadcast the video. Police have launched an investigation into the incident - a senior detective has said that they were investigating whether the guru had "outraged religious feelings" of his devotees. The 32-year-old said in a statement that he was resigning as the head of his organization, Dhyanapeetam (Knowledge Center), and from all the trusts associated with him. His organization has branches in several countries, including the United States and Europe.