The Interpol has issued a Blue Corner Notice seeking information about controversial self-styled godman Nithyananda, who fled the country amid allegations of rape and wrongful confinement of children.
A Blue Corner Notice is issued by the international police cooperation body to collect additional information from its member countries about a persons identity, location or activities in relation to a crime.
Earlier, the Gujarat Police had sent a request to the Central Bureau of Investigation, the nodal body for Interpol matters in India, seeking a Blue Corner Notice against Nithyananda, who is facing a rape case in Karnataka and a case pertaining to the illegal confinement of children and minors in Ahmedabad, Gujarat.
Interpol issued the Blue Corner Notice against the controversial godman this month, Deputy Superintendent of Police-Ahmedabad (Rural) K. T. Kamariya told mediapersons in Ahmedabad on Wednesday.
Police officials involved in the investigation against the self-styled godman said that they are now working to get the Interpol to issue a Red Corner Notice, a global arrest warrant, against Nithyananda, who fled the country after a rape case was lodged against him in Karnataka.
In November 2019, the Gujarat Police had registered a First Information Report (FIR) against Nithyananda after two girls went missing from his ashram in Ahmedabad.
He was charged with kidnapping and wrongful confinement of children in order to make them collect donations from his followers to run his ashram, which was set up in the premises of a Delhi Public School in the city.