11 March 2010:
In the wake of the morphed video telecast nonstop by Sun TV and its accomplice TV channels, an advocate Selvamani filed a complaint at Sriperumbudur alleging that his religious sentiments were hurt seeing the morphed video and holding Swami Nithyananda responsible for the same. The irony of having to face a false fabricated video on oneself and being blamed for hurting religious sentiments of the people when this should have been slapped on the creators and telecasters of the fabricated video – Sun TV!
To add to this, the Munsif cum Judicial Magistrate, Sriperumbudur, took cognizance of the complaint and registered in CC 55/2010 on 12 March 2010. A summons was issued to appear on 2 April 2010. Given the circumstances and threat to life to Swami Nithyananda, he could not appear on the day and a bailable warrant was issued on 19 April 2010 which was recalled on 20 April 2010, a day before the day of the illegal arrest of Swami Nithyananda – illegal as the police lied to the Court that Swami Nithyananda was arrested and hence his anticipatory bail application was infructuous (ineffective).
This is inspite of the law requiring that this particular Section 295 (A) – hurting religious sentiments statutorily requires that the sanction of the Central or State government be obtained – which in this case was not obtained by the complainant, evidently as it was a baseless and false complaint to start with.
28 November 2016:
After over 6 years, the Hon’ble High Court of Madras quashed the whole case with strong observations reprimanding the illegality of the very cognizance of the false motivated case.
The Hon’ble Court observed, “The complaint has been preferred without application of mind to the statutes, facts and materials.
The Learned Judicial Magistrate erred in taking cognizance of the case…
The alleged offence is also not made out.”