Nithyananda's passport cancelled: MEA

Last Updated: Fri, Dec 06, 2019 20:17 hrs
MEA Spokesperson, Raveesh Kumar

New Delhi: The government has cancelled the passport of rape-accused self-styled godman Nithyananda even as the Ecuadorian government denied that it has granted asylum to him.

Raveesh Kumar, Spokesperson, Ministry of External Affairs, said, "We have sensitised all our missions and posts and told them to inform local governments about him."

The Ecuadorian Embassy to India released and official statement regarding the same:

Nithyananda is wanted in India for multiple cases including alleged rape and abduction.

Kumar said Nithyananda's passport was cancelled before its validity was to expire in 2018. He addd that the self-styled godman's application for a new passport was rejected because of cases pending against him.

On being asked about reports that Nithyananda had founded his own country called 'Kailaasa' on his website, Kumar said, "Setting up a website is different from setting up a nation."

In a related development, the embassy of Ecuador, in a statement, categorically denied that the Nithyananda was given asylum by it or has been helped by its government in purchasing any land or island in South America near or far from Ecuador.

There were reports that the self-styled godman purchased an island in South America with the help from Ecuador.

It said Ecuador denied the request for grant of refuge by Nithyananda and later on, he left Ecuador presumably on his way to Haiti.

"All the information, whatever, which is published in digital and print media in India, is based on the information which allegedly has been sourced from https://kailaasa.org, a website which is supposedly maintained by Nithyananda or by his people," it said.

"Henceforth all digital or print media houses should refrain from citing Ecuador in any form in all pieces of information related to Nithyananda," it added.

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