கர்நாடகா அரசு தயக்கம் காட்டாமல் பல குற்றங்கள் புரிந்துள்ள நித்தியின் ஆஸ்ரமத்தை கைப்பற்ற வேண்டும்.
Karnataka law minister S Suresh Kumar announced in Dharwad on Saturday that the state government may take control of the administration of controversial godman Nithyananda’s Dhyanapeetam in Bidadi following allegations of objectionable activities there, the government wants to tread cautiously. It may await the outcome of the court cases Nithyananda is facing.
Forests minister CP Yogeshwar, who is in charge of Ramanagaram district where the ashram is situated, told STOI that he would meet with the district deputy commissioner and SP on Monday to decide the future course of action.
According to him, if the government decides to appoint an administrator, it has to examine under which Act this can be done. “The administrator’s role will also have to be fixed on whether he will be overseeing ashram land or its assets or administration,’’ he said.
A senior minister said before appointing an administrator, specific charges has to be framed against the persons heading or running the ashram. Currently, the issue is in court. The ashram is not some cooperative society which can be superseded and an administrator appointed immediately, he said.
The ministers said the ashram could be taken over on the lines of Vaidyanatheswara temple in Gokarna, whose management was handed over to Ramachandrapur Mutt, or the Sri Krishna temple in Udupi, which was taken off the list of scheduled temples, and its management handed over to the ashta mutts.
Meanwhile, a day after being arrested by Bidadi police, around 15 pro-Kannada activists were released from judicial custody on Saturday. They were arrested late Friday night after women disciples of Nithyananda filed a police complaint that the activists had barged into the ashram and created havoc.
Condemning the attack on media persons and others, various social organizations urged the government to arrest Nithyananda immediately. Politicians, including opposition leader Siddaramaiah, condemned the incident. “Nithyananda’s ashram is becoming a hub for all sort of illegal activities. The government should seize the property and arrest the tainted swami immediately,” he said in Hassan.
Tamil Nadu Advocate Gowthaman says that Hindu Religious and endowment Board can question the Mutt if they are not functioning in a proper way and they can take over the mutt, if the Mutt Head was involved in criminal cases and the accounts of Mutt were not maintained properly.
Tamil Nadu people hope that Karnataka Government will show the way to Tamil Nadu by taking over the Nithyananda Ashramam at Bidai.