New Delhi: The Ecuadorian government on Friday denied that it has granted asylum to self-styled Indian godman Nithyananda, wanted in India for alleged rape and abduction, or helped him purchase any land in the South American country.
The Ecuador government statement came as the Indian Ministry of External Affairs said that it has cancelled Nithyananda’s passport, and has also “sensitised” all its foreign missions and posts to keep track of his movements.
The Embassy of Ecuador, in a statement, said they had denied Nithyananda’s request for asylum, and he left the country for Haiti.
The statement read: “The Embassy of Ecuador categorically denies the statement, wherever published, that self styled Guru Nithyananda was given asylum by Ecuador or has been helped by the government of Ecuador in purchasing any land or island in South America near or far from Ecuador.”
“Moreover, Ecuador denied the request for international personal protection (refuge) made by Mr. Nithyananda before Ecuador and later on, Mr. Nithyananda left Ecuador presumably on his way to Haiti.”
It also urged digital or print media houses to “refrain from citing Ecuador in any form in all pieces of information related to Mr. Nithyananda”. The statement comes days after Nithyananda announced the creation of Kailaasa, a “Hindu homeland”, on an island allegedly purchased by one of his followers from Ecuador.
Nithyananda had allegedly fled India without a passport to save himself from a rape case registered against him in Karnataka. (IANS)