Court summons 3 in Nithyananda sex scandal

Last Updated: Saturday, June 4, 2011 - 23:45

Ramanagar (Karnataka): A local court on Saturday issued
summons to Lenin Kuruppan, who released self-styled godman
Swami Nithyananda`s sex video with Tamil actress Ranjitha and
complained of ill doings in the swami`s ashram.
Judicial Magistrate Roopa, who took cognizance of offences
made out against Lenin and two others, ordered issue of
summons to them on a criminal complaint filed by Ranjitha on
December 31 last year accusing the trio of outraging the
modesty of a woman, criminal intimidation and extortion.

Ranjitha had submitted that Lenin Karuppan and his friends
and fellow conspirators, Aarthi Rao and advocate Sridhar
created morphed video images of Nityananda and also that of

The accused, she charged, had released these video footages
to media with an intent to extort money from her.

Nityananda landed in a controversy in March last year after
a TV channel aired a purported video footage showing him in a
compromising position with the Tamil actress.

He was later arrested from Solan district in Himachal
Pradesh on April 21 last year and granted conditional bail on
June 11 after spending 53 days in judicial custody. He is
facing charges of rape and criminal intimidation.

First Published: Saturday, June 4, 2011 - 23:45

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