As the Telegraph reported, during interrogation, Swami Nithyananda admitted that he paid 1.4 million pounds to a blackmailer to stop the release of a video of him having sex with a popular Indian film actress.
According to an Indian newspaper, the swami reportedly told investigators that a journalist approached him in 2010 and told him that he had the video footage, and threatened to release it to the media if he did not pay him more than 3.5 million pounds.
He confessed that after negotiating, the amount was reduced to 1.4 million pounds and was paid by one of his disciples.
The broadcast of a sex tape showing Nithyananda and popular Tamil actress in 2010 caused outrage among his followers who rioted near his ashram retreat near Bangalore, Karnataka.
On the other side, the Karnataka High Court on Jan 6 stayed further investigation in a case against some devotees of self-styled godman Nithyananda filed on the basis of a complaint by his former disciple Lenin Kuruppan.
(With inputs from ANI)