The High Court on Friday, Jun 18, directed the Karnataka Criminal Investigative Department (CID), which has been investigating into the godman's sex scandal that broke out in Mar 2010, to issue orders to unfreeze Nithyananda's bank accounts.
CID immediately communicated the order to ICICI Bank, Corporation Bank and Canara Bank asking them to unfreeze the accounts in the names of Dhyanapeeta Charitable Trust, Nithyananda Foundation, Nithyananda Dhyanapeeta, and Nithyanandeshwara Devasthana.
The order came after the CID withdrew the application to freeze the accounts on the Swamiji's counsel argument that the ashram was unable to carry on with its activities as it had no access to money in the bank accounts.
However, the court has given the investigating agency the liberty to impose restrictions if required for the probe. It has also asked Nithyananda to co-operate with the CID.