7 July 2011
Sun Television Network, a by-product of the anti-Hindu theology, targets practicing Hindus across spectrum, be it corporate, hospitals, or religious institutions. Using its well-established presence, Sun Television Network consistently and repeatedly telecasts malicious, sexually manipulated videos, derogatory spoofs, obscene graphics, inciting social and personal hatred and violence targeting especially aboriginals.
In 2010, Paramahamsa Nithyananda became the target of this TV channel. The COO of Sun TV, Hansraj Saxena was involved in the extortion and blackmail of the administrators of Nithyananda Dhyanapeetam. They intimidated the aadheenavasis (residents of the monastery) that if Rs 100 crore is not paid, they will have to face the brutal attacks and defamation that might follow by the airing of the morphed obscene video. When their demand was not met, they released a small section of the CD in the SUN TV News Channel, which was repeatedly shown and which was later picked up by other media houses.
This resulted in multiple forms of physical attacks and media attacks from across the nation which victimized innocent devotees and volunteers of the aadheenam (monastery). The main target, Paramahamsa Nithyananda was tortured inhumanely, denied basic human rights and had his image completely assassinated by a continuous stream of false news and videos.
Following this attack, the president of Nithyananda Dhyanapeetam, Sri Nithya Atma Prabhananda filed a complaint against Sun TV to the Chennai City Police Commissioner. Filing of the complaint against Sun TV coincided with the resignation of Dayanidhi Maran, (family member of Maran family) and owner of Sun TV Network as Union Textile Minister after coming under the CBI scanner for his role in the 2G scam.
Here’s what was reported by Web India:
6 Jan 2012, Chennai: The Madras High Court today rejected the anticipatory bail plea of Lenin Karuppan and his brother Kumar in connection with the complaint lodged by Sri Nithya Atma Prabhananda with charges of extortion, criminal intimidation amongst other charges related to the creation and distribution of the morphed video in order to defame His Divine Holiness Paramahamsa Nithyananda. Hon’ble Justice Palanivelu said there were prima facie materials available against Lenin and his brother Kumar and that granting bail to them at this stage would hamper further investigation. Also on grounds there was every likelihood of them tampering with witnesses, the Hon’ble Judge dismissed the anticipatory bail applications. Lenin and his brother Kumar were earlier denied anticipatory bail at the Sessions Court in Chennai which prompted them to appeal before the High Court. The list of accused in the complaint of Sri Nithya Atmaprabhananda are Sun network COO Saxena, his assistant Iyyappan, Nakkheeran Gopal and Kamraj, Lenin Karuppan, his brother Kumar and his co-conspirators Aarthi Rao, Prasanna Kumar and lawyer Sridhar. The crime branch-CID of the Tamil Nadu police is currently investigating the matter. Lenin and his brother Kumar are reportedly in hiding for the past few months.
Anticipatory Bail application of Lenin rejected by High Court of Madras, recognizing the gravity of the offences
3 November 2011 – The anticipatory bail petition filed by Lenin and his brother Kumar was dismissed today at the Sessions Court in, Chennai, Tamilnadu. Lenin, his brother Kumar and Co-conspirator Prasannna Kumar are still in hiding in connection with the case filed by Sri Nithya Atmaprabhananda against nine accused for charges of extortion, criminal intimidation and criminal conspiracy.
The Tamilnadu CB CID are trying to ascertain to their whereabouts. Sri Nithya Atmaprabhananda’s complaint is against Sun network Saxena, his assistant Iyyappan, Nakkheeran Gopal and Kamraj, Lenin Karuppan, his brother Kumar and his co-conspirators Aarthi Rao, Prasanna Kumar and lawyer Sridhar in connection with the release of the morphed video attempting to defame His Divine Holiness Paramahamsa Nithyananda and the criminal harassments thereafter.
On the 29th of October 2011, Lenin was issued a SECOND non bailable warrant from the Ramnagara Magistrate court in Karnataka for the case filed against him by Ma Ranjitha for several criminal charges. The Ramnagara court also issued a second summons to Arati Rao and Advocate Sridhar in connection with the same case. Here are the links to the posting by popular news media
The Chennai Police registered an FIR on 31 July 2011 against Mr. Saxena and Mr. Iyappan of Sun TV Network, Nakkheeran Gopal and Kamraj, Lenin Karuppan, his brother Kumar, his co-conspirators Aarthi Rao, advocate Sridhar and Prasanna Kumar, under various sections including 341, 342,392, 323, 420 & 506 (ii) IPC including extortion, criminal conspiracy and criminal intimidation followign a complaint by Sri Nithya Atmaprabhananda, a disciple of Nithyananda.
All of the accused are said to be involved in the sordid conspiracy against Paramahamsa Nithyananda, involving the fabrication and distribution of a morphed videotape allegedly featuring Nithyananda with actress Smt. Ranjita on 2nd March last year. The case got transferred to the CB CID Chennai police for further investigation. As investigation intensified, the accused applied for anticipatory bail one after another before the Principal Sessions Judge, Chennai. Nakkheeran Gopal and Kamraj pleaded for an anticipatory bail even before an FIR was registered which the Judge adjourned to a further date of hearing. They pleaded not to be arrested until then, but were refused an order to that effect. Once the FIR was filed, they pleaded anticipatory bail again which they were allowed on stringent grounds of surrendering their passports and appearing before the CID officials twice a week to sign on the attendance register and mark their presence. Advocate Sridhar was also granted anticipatory bail with the same stringent conditions purely on the medical grounds that he claimed.
SUN TV COO Saxena and his assistant Iyappan who are already in Puzhal prison in connection with another crime, were refused anticipatory bail, following which the CID officials produced them before the Magistrate court in Saidapet, where they got remanded back to judicial custody for 15 days. Lenin’s co-conspirator Prasanna Kumar’s anticipatory bail petition was rejected in the court of the Principal Session judge following which he filed for an anticipatory bail at the Chennai High Court which was again rejected.
Meanwhile Lenin Karuppan accused number 2, and his brother Kumar accused No.6, filed for an anticipatory bail petition at the court of the Prinicipal Sessions Judge, the next hearing for which stands adjourned to coming Monday. The Tamil Nadu CB-CID is also investigating a complaint lodged by actress Ranjitha, devotee of Paramahamsa Nithyananda, against Sun TV network, Dinakaran Tamil Daily and Lenin Karuppan under the relevant provisions of law for blackmail, criminal intimidation, extortion and causing mischief, and all other relevant provisions of law that have been violated by the accused in connection with the release of the morphed video on 2 March 2010.
Nakkheeran Gopal and Kamraj pleaded for anticipatory bail before the Principal Sessions judge even before an FIR has been registered in the case. The petition was promptly closed. Another case the Tamil Nadu CB_CID is investigating is the complaint lodged by Sri Nithya Sarvananda, devotee of Nithyananda against Sun TV network, for instigating pure vandalism on all Nithyananda’s ashrams and centers in various places in Tamil Nadu following the release of the morphed video on the night of 2 March 2010 on Sun TV network. Paid goons were employed who beat and burnt the Nithyananda ashrams, brought down banners and tore them apart, and attacked the ashramites.
Related news in the media:
Sep 11, 2011, Chennai
Prasankumar, who feared arrest for black-mailing Paramahamsa Nithyananda, has been refused bail by the Madras High Court on September 7.
According to the deputy superintendent of police of the crime branch CID, Chennai, Prasankumar and eight other persons demanded an amount of `60 crore and extracted about `42 lakh for not publishing an alleged fabricated and morphed videograph of Paramahamsa Nithyananda.
“Having regard to the grave nature of the offence and huge amount involved in this case, this court is of the view that it is not the right time to grant anticipatory bail,” Justice T Mathivanan noted.
The judge subsequently dismissed the anticipatory bail application in the case.
Lenin Karuppan, key accused in the March 2010 conspiracy against Paramahamsa Nithyananda, was issued second non bailable warrant in the extortion and blackmail case filed against him by one of the administrators of Nithyananda Dhyanapeetam.
3 Nov 2011
The anticipatory bail petition filed by Lenin and his brother Kumar was dismissed today at the Sessions Court in, Chennai, Tamilnadu. Lenin, his brother Kumar and Co-conspirator Prasannna Kumar are still in hiding in connection with the case filed by ashram administration against nine accused for charges of extortion, criminal intimidation and criminal conspiracy. The Tamil Nadu CB CID are trying to ascertain to their whereabouts. Adheenam (Ashram) administration’s complaint is against Sun network Saxena, his assistant Iyyappan, Nakkheeran Gopal and Kamraj, Lenin Karuppan, his brother Kumar and his co-conspirators Aarthi Rao, Prasanna Kumar and lawyer Sridhar in connection with the release of the morphed video attempting to defame His Divine Holiness Paramahamsa Nithyananda and the criminal harassments thereafter.
The Ramnagara court also issued a second summons to Arati Rao and Advocate Sridhar in connection with the same case. Here are the links to the posting by popular news media
Lenin Karuppan was denied bail by the Hon’ble Magistrate of the XIth Metropolitan Magistrate Court Saidapet, Chennai in the Nithyananda administrator’s blackmail and extortion case.
Lenin Karuppan was arrested on 14th March 2012 by the CBCID Tamilnadu and remanded to 15 days of judicial custody on charges of extortion, blackmail and criminal conspiracy in connection with the case filed against him by Nithyananda Dhyanapeetam administrator Sri Nithya Atmaprabhananda. He has been facing interrogation by the Tamilnadu CID since 26th March and has confessed to his crimes.
Lenin’s bail petition was dismissed on 2nd April after due consideration of the serious nature of the offences committed.
Lenin appealed further to the Principal Sessions Judge for bail which got rejected on May 2, 2012, with the following serious observations by the Sessions Judge which has been recorded in the official court document pronouncing the bail rejection:
1. The crime charged is of the highest magnitude and the punishment prescribed by law is of extreme severity
2. There is likelihood of the petitioner interfering with witnesses for the prosecution or otherwise polluting the process of justice.
3. The antecedent of the petitioner who applied for bail has shown bad record, particularly a record which suggest that he is likely to commit serious offense while on bail and
4. The court may reasonably presume some evidence is available against the petitioner to connect him with the crime.