Nityananda case: Actress terms video clippings `malicious`
In her first comments after being embroiled in an alleged sex scandal involving self-styled godman Nityananda, South Indian actress Ranjitha today termed as "malicious" the video clips telecast by some TV channels.
Chennai: In her first comments after being
embroiled in an alleged sex scandal involving self-styled
godman Nityananda, South Indian actress Ranjitha today termed
as "malicious" the video clips telecast by some TV channels
purportedly showing her in intimate positions with him.
Ranjitha`s Delhi-based legal consultant PM Law Chambers
(PMLC) said she has also issued notices to online service
providers Google and YouTube, asking them to remove the video
clips from their portals within 72 hours ending May 2, failing
which "appropriate action" would be taken against them as it
amounted to defamation.
"Our client dissociates herself from the said video which
has caused danger to her life, limb and property," the
statement from PMLC said.
PMLC denied the actress gave any media interviews on the
alleged scandal and said she had not made any statement before
the Bangalore CID, which is questioning Nityananda, arrested
on various charges including rape.
"The authenticity and originality of the alleged person
featuring in the video taken clandestinely has to stand the
test of admissibility before being treated as evidence in
the Courts of Law," it said.
"The video clips, which clearly amount to gross violation
of various laws of India, have malicious, diabolical and
destructive intent, and are clearly aimed at bringing harm to
the actress," it said.
Those who were airing and publishing the video clips were
doing so for commercial interests, it claimed, adding the
actress had "authorised" the firm to initiate legal action
against such persons.
The controversy over alleged sleazy activities of
Nityananda broke out in the first week of March after some
TV channels aired purported video footage showing the actress
in intimate positions with him.
Tamil Nadu police registered various cases including rape
against Nityananda before transferring them to Karnataka where
his ashram is headquartered at Bidadi near Bangalore.
He was arrested from Solan in Himachal Pradesh recently
in a joint operation by Karnataka police and their
counterparts in the hilly state.