5 Mar 2010
On 5th March 2010, when Sri Nithya Atmaprabhananda was travelling in Chennai near the Pondy Bazar police station in T. Nagar, Sun TV blackmailer Ayyappan pulled up his vehicle in front of his car and stopped him. What followed was a life-attack coupled with blackmail and extortion by Ayyappan on Atmaprabhananda.
Ayyappan and his men forcibly pulled Atmaprabhananda out of his car and pushed him into Ayyappan’s vehicle, inflicting a head injury on him in the process. With the blow on the head, Atmaprabhananda fainted and became unconscious. Regaining consciousness, Atmaprabhananda faced a violent Ayyappan who was demanding the money that he had asked for two days earlier to stop the Sun TV telecast of the fake video. He called the local police who were his aides and threatened Atmaprabhananda that if he doesnt give the demanded money he will slap a false case on him and imprison him immediately.
Atmaprabhananda paid up a part amount of the demand by arranging money through a devotee and got released by the Sun TV blackmailer Ayyappan.