24 Sep 2017, Chennai
It took seven years for this victory. The Hon’ble High Court of Chennai slammed the case as “criminal proceeding manifestly instituted with malafide, maliciously instituted with an ulterior motive, for wreaking vengeance on the accused and with a view to spite him due to private and personal grudge.”
In a breakthrough victory, the Hon’ble High Court of Chennai ruled in favour of Paramahamsa Nithyananda, in a frivolous and fictitious case filed against him.
The Hon’ble High Court of Chennai in a hard hitting judgement quashed the case filed against Paramahamsa Nithyananda in 2010 alleging that he had cheated and hurt religious sentiments of people. The case was filed in the wake of the scandalous false video created and circulated by conspirators for extortion of money against Paramahamsa Nithyananda featuring him with an Indian actress. The Hon’ble Court slammed the “criminal proceeding manifestly instituted with malafide, maliciously instituted with an ulterior motive for wreaking vengeance on the accused and with a view to spite him due to private and grudge”.
The case was filed in Puducherry in Cr. No. 90/2010 on 5 March 2010 alleging hurting religious sentiments of the people and cheating. On 15 June 2010, the Hon’ble High Court of Chennai had given a stay on further proceeding of the case observing clearly that
“it is nobody’s case that Swami Nithyananda was behind this offending telecast”, thereby pointing at the fundamental question of who actually hurt the religious sentiments and cheated the people – not His Divine Holiness Paramahamsa Nithyananda but the perpetrators of the false fabricated video – Sun TV, as was confessed by then COO of Sun TV Hansraj Saxena in public, over television channels and in sworn affidavit to the Court.
The Hon’ble High Court of Chennai then quashed the false case on 28 February 2017 with a detailed order analysing the insensate frivolous case slammed on His Divine Holiness Paramahamsa Nithyananda and observing, “If the allegations made in the First Information Report as well as in the complaint are taken on their face value and accepted in its entirety, they do not prima facie constitute any offence or make out a case against the petitioner. Where a criminal proceeding is manifestly instituted with malafide and/ or where the proceeding is maliciously instituted with an ulterior motive for wreaking vengeance on the accused and with a view to spite H.H.Paramhamsa Nithyananda due to personal grudge, the High Court can exercise its inherent jurisdiction to prevent the abuse of process of Court. Therefore, the criminal proceedings have to be necessarily quashed.”
This ruling is yet another in a series of victories for Paramahamsa Nithyananda against whom numerous frivolous and malicious cases were filed in 2010 after a morphed fabricated video on Him was released by the controversial Chennai based private TV channel, SunTV. The COO of the channel Hansraj Saxena has since confessed to the morphing of the video and he and a number of his associates including Lenin Karuppan, Aarathi Rao and Nakeeran Gopal are on trial in Chennai courts for Criminal Intimidation (IPC 506), Extortion (IPC 385), Cheating (IPC 420), Illegal Confinement(IPC 342) and Robbery (IPC 392).
Below are some highlight pages of the Puducherry order. The full order is below the highlights as a download.