Chennai: The Nithyananda ashram on Thursday
filed a police complaint accusing Sun Network owner Kalanidhi
Maran and its top executive of morphing and telecasting
visuals showing the controversial spiritual guru in a
compromising position with an actress last year.
In the complaint filed with the city Police
Commissioner JK Tripathy, the Bangalore-headquartered
Nithyananda Dhyanapeetam also sought action against Maran and
Sun TV`s COO Hansraj Saxena holding them responsible for the
network staff`s "trespass" into their ashrams at various
places and alleged assault of inmates.
Talking to reporters, Dhyanapeetam`s Nityasarvananda
said, "On March 3, 2010, Sun TV aired footage that caused
defamation to our organisation. So we have filed a case
against Kalanidhi Maran and Hansraj Saxena."
Kalanidhi is the brother of Dayanidhi Maran, who today
quit as Union textile minister over the 2G scam. Both are
grandnephews of DMK chief M Karunanidhi.
Nithyananda was arrested last year after various
channels telecast the purported video footage which the ashram
had described as a "conspiracy" to malign his reputation.
It had claimed that the images were "morphed" and
alleged that the ashram inmates were subjected to physical
attacks in various places after the video footage was aired.
Nithyananda, who also faced criminal charges including
rape, was arrested from Himachal Pradesh after remaining
elusive for several weeks. The case registered in this
connection is pending in a court in Ramanagara near Bangalore.
Saxena is already in police custody in a cheating case
filed by a Salem-based film distributor.