Bangalore: A former key aide of Nityananda
on Thursday alleged the self-styled godman was threatening
witnesses, including him, and victims of his "sleaze
"He has already threatened me before. He makes his
devotees file cases against me. Now he is harassing witnesses
and victims by filing complaints against them," Lenin
Karuppan, who released purported videos of Nityananda in a
compromising position with an actress, told reporters here.
Nityananda, against whom CID have recently filed a
chargesheet for crimes such as rape and unnatural sex, was
also "intimidating probable witnesses and victims by
threatening to file cases against them", Lenin claimed.
Lenin, who had deposed against Nityananda before the
police, alleged that many ex-devotees had realised the "truth
about Nityananda and left him after the scandal. Many have
thanked me and personally supported me, but because of
Nityananda`s continuing threats and pressure they are afraid
to come out openly and testify".
Lenin accused the self-styled godman of spreading "false
propaganda and misinformation" that he was being funded by
some Christian groups and television channels to do sting
He claimed he had an audio recording of Nityananda
"begging him to return to his ashram and not to report
anything to the authorities".
Lenin also charged Nityananda with collecting huge tax
free money for his non-profit foundation (Dyanapeetam) and
investing it in hedge funds and companies.
The former disciple said he was not exposing Nityananda
for any "personal gain" but only to save others from being
"trapped in the dangerous cult".
Nityananda was arrested from Himachal Pradesh after TV
channels telecast visuals showing him in a compromising
position with an actress.