Shimla: The Himachal police with assistance from Karnataka police today afternoon arrested the infamous Swami Nithyananda from Arki in Kandaghat area of Solan district.
Daljit Manhas, Director General Police told My Himachal News that on a tip off from Bangalore police who were in the state for the last two days, the Himachal Police was on the lookout for Swami Nithyananda.
â€œHe was arrested from Arki today and is being brought to Shimla. The Swami would be interrogated before a transit custody is obtained in order to hand him over to the Bangalore police for investigations in a case registered in Karnatakaâ€, said Manhas.
Besides Nithyananda, four other people were arrested. Those arrested included Nithya Bhaktananda and Gopal Seelam Reddy.
All the arrested persons are wanted in connection with cases registered in Karnataka, which include the Swami Nithyananda figuring in a sex tape.
The police after arresting Swami Nithyananda disclosed that he for over a month had been staying at house in village Manglik in Arki for over a month.
ID Bhandari, ADGP of CID who were involved in making the arrest said that after tracing a telephone call to Himachal, CID Bangalore had informed them on 17th April about the whereabouts of the fugitive swami being in Himachal.
The Bangalore police team reached Shimla on 19th April and a search operation was launched to nab the Swami.
When a team was scouting the Arki area, a taxi driver provided a lead that there were some people staying in a house at Manglik village, said the police officer. Subsequently the arrest was made, he added.
The Swami who was produced by the police refused to respond to any media queries.
The arrested persons are to be produced before the local magistrate for securing a body warrant so that they could be taken to Bangalore for investigation purposes in the cases registered against them.
A Bangalore team of CID sleuths had conducted a search at Nithyananda Swamiâ€™s ashram on 20.4.2010 and seized important documents and computers.
The Swami had shocked followers, last month after a tape showing him getting intimate with a popular Tamil actress was aired by Sun News channel in south India.