Arathi Rao, Lenin and Sun TV executives chargesheeted for extortion and criminal conspiracy against Swami Nithyananda

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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) [email protected], 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.

 

Reliable sources in CID confirmed that an additional chargesheet would be filed detailing further findings in the unveiling conspiracy.

 

The Hon’ble Magistrate has summoned all the accused on 18th May 2015 for the next hearing of the case.