Ecuador denies giving Nithyananda asylum

The Ecuadorian government denied that it has granted asylum to Nithyananda or helped him purchase any land in the South American country.

The Embassy of Ecuador said the country had, in fact, denied Nithyananda’s request for asylum, and he had left the country for Haiti.

“All the information, whatever, which is published in digital and print media in India, is based on the information which allegedly has been sourced from, a website which is supposedly maintained by Nithyananda or by his people,” it said.

“Henceforth, all digital or print media houses should refrain from citing Ecuador in any form in all pieces of information related to Nithyananda.”

Ecuador’s statement came a few days after Nithyananda announced the creation of Kailaasa, a “Hindu homeland”, on an island purchased from the country.

Meanwhile, the Ministry of External Affairs said on Friday that the government had cancelled the passport of controversial godman Nithyananda and has rejected his application for fresh one.

Ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar in a weekly press briefing said that the ministry has sensitised all its missions and posts abroad about Nithyananda.

“We have sensitised all our missions and posts and told them to inform local governments about him.”

Nithyananda had allegedly fled India without a passport to save himself from a rape case registered against him in Karnataka. He is wanted in India for multiple cases of rape and abduction.

Kumar said Nithyananda’s passport was cancelled before its validity was to expire in 2018 and that his application for a new one was also rejected because of the cases pending against him.

Asked about reports that Nithyananda declaring founding his own country called ‘Kailassa’ on his website, Kumar said, “Setting up a website is different from setting up a nation.”

Last month, an FIR was registered against Nithyananda after two girls went missing from his ashram in Ahmedabad. He was charged with kidnapping and wrongful confinement of children to make them collect donations from followers to run his ashram.