28 February 2017
The Hon'ble High Court of Madras in a hard hitting judgement quashed the case filed against Swami Nithyananda in 2010 alleging that he had cheated and had hurt religious sentiments. The Court heard at length the arguments noting that a private TV channel had telecast a false video footage alleged to be that of the petitioner and there were no grounds for any cheating or hurting any sentiments. It was further noted that prior sanction of the Government was not obtained as was required and also that the alleged offence has not been made out by the complaint which has been filed by an advocate.
This ruling is yet another in a series of victories for Paramahamsa Nithyananda against whom numerous frivolous and malicious cases were filed in 2010 after a morphed video of him was released by the controversial Chennai based private TV channel, SunTV. The COO of the channel Hansraj Saxena has since confessed to the morphing of the video and he and a number of his associates including Lenin Karuppan, Aarthi Rao and Nakeeran Gopal are on trial in Chennai for Criminal Intimidation (IPC 506), Extortion (385), Cheating (420), Illegal Confinement(342) and Robbery (392).