The video footage showing arrested self-styled godman Nityananda Swami in a compromising position with a Tamil actress is "genuine", a top CID official said on Thursday.
"The video footage is genuine. It is untampered and there is no indication of alteration in the video. As far as image comparison is concerned, that is still to be done," CID's Deputy IGP Charan Reddy said.
Asked about efforts to trace the actress, Reddy said,
"She is not an accused in this case. She will definitely come. When she comes, we will examine her."
The CD was sent to Central Forensic Science Laboratory Hyderabad for analysis where it was found to be authentic, he said.
The case was entrusted to CID for investigation after the scandal broke out in March when some TV channels aired the purported video footage.
Meanwhile, the Karnataka High Court reserved its order on a bail plea by Nityananda for Friday, arrested on criminal charges, including rape, from Solan in Himachal Pradesh on April 21.
Public Prosecutor Satish R Girji told the court that the investigation was complete and since there was no material on record, they did not require Nityananda's further custody.
Justice Subhash B Adi then reserved orders for Friday.
The Madras High Court had stayed all criminal proceedings against Nityananda pending before a court at Sriperumbudur in Tamil Nadu where a private complaint has been filed against the self-styled godman.