Aarthi Rao who is responsible for bringing the fake CD, got the advantage of Anticipatory Bail subject to certain terms and conditions, one such condition being that she shall not go out of the jurisdiction of the Court in Chennai and that she shall surrender her passport before the Investigating Officer of the case.
In a major development in the conspiracy surrounding Swami Nithyananda, the Chennai Crime Branch CID, filed the chargesheet reporting the results of the 5 year investigation in the case of conspiracy and extortion done on Swami Nithyananda.
The 250 page chargesheet has been filed before the Metropolitan Magistrate Court in Chennai charging the eight accused including Lenin Karuppan, Arathi Rao, Sun TV executives and tabloid Nakkeeran editors under Sections 341, 342, 392, 323, 420 and 506(2) IPC@120B, 384, 385, 386, 392, 342 and 109 r/w 385 IPC, Section 67 r/w 67A IT Act 2000 and Section 4 of Tamilnadu Prohibition of harassment of Women Act 1998 and Section 3 and4 r/w 6 of Indecent representation of Women (Prohibition) Act 1986.
The charges of criminal conspiracy, extortion, robbery, cheating, criminal intimidation, and the indecent representation of women in the morphed video that showed Swami Nithyananda with actress Ranjitha, have been filed by the investigating police before the Hon’ble Magistrate who has taken cognizance of the same.
The chargesheet reveals the entire “deep-rooted” and “wicked” conspiracy hatched by accused Lenin with his accomplice Arathi Rao who gave “active participation at each and every stage of the transaction” along with Sun TV executives including then CEO Hansraj Saxena and Ayyappan, and editors of Tamil tabloid Nakeeran Gopal and Kamaraj.
The accused used the morphed video to demand 100 crores extortion money from Swami Nithyananda and Ranjitha to prevent the morphed video from being telecast over Sun TV and printed in tabloid Nakkeeran.
The blackmail and threats included threat of filing a false rape charge on Swami Nithyananda by the accused Arathi Rao.
The extortion, robbery and conspiracy starting from 2009 continued further two years till 2011 as further demands were made by the accused from Swami Nithyananda at Bangalore, Kerala, Chennai and other places in Tamil Nadu.
The Hon’ble High Court of Madras has directed further investigation to be done in the case relating to investigation in unveiling conspiracy.
The order of the Hon’ble High Court of Madras:
Excerpts of the FIR:
“First, Lenin connected Ms. Aarthi Rao and she threatened saying “If you people do not pay the full amount, I will put rape charge against Swami and send all of you inside the jail”. Then Lenin connected Mr.Kamaraj, and Rajagopal @ Nakkheeran Gopal, both of them threatened that if we failed to pay the amount, he would publish the morphed video and photographs in Nakkheeran magazine and Nakkheeran website.”
The allegations of Aarthi Rao that she was sexually assaulted for a period ranging six years or so at different places in India and beyond the bounds of India without her knowledge or consent which in fact is the basic ingredient of an act of rape defies even elementary logic and common sense.
The deal that the conspirators wanted – 100 crore rupees and 2 prime properties.
Both the police as well as the Courts saw the gravity of the crimes in which Lenin and Aarthi among others were involved. This is seen from the subsequent rejection of Anticipatory Bail application of Lenin even by the Apex Court of India. The FIR has since been in chargesheeted by the police on 2 March 2015.
Lenin was in fact arrested and got remanded to judicial custody at Chennai. Aarthi Rao who is responsible for bringing the fake CD, got the advantage of Anticipatory Bail subject to certain terms and conditions, one such condition being that she shall not go out of the jurisdiction of the Court in Chennai and that she shall surrender her passport before the Investigating Officer of the case.