Lenin Karuppan absconding, all other accused under investigation in case filed by Sri Nithya Atmaprabhananda in Tamilnadu

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13 Jan 2012

 Lenin Karuppan absconding, all other accused under investigation in case filed by Sri Nithya Atmaprabhananda in Tamilnadu

 On 13 July 2011, Sri Nithya Atmaprabhananda, a devotee of Paramahamsa Nithyananda, filed a complaint with the Police Commissioner of Chennai against Sun network COO Hansraj Saxena, his assistant Iyyappan, Nakkheeran Gopal and Kamraj, Lenin Karuppan, his brother Kumar and his co-conspirators Aarthi Rao and lawyer Sridhar, for charges of extortion, criminal intimidation, criminal conspiracy and other sections in connection with the release of the morphed video attempting to link Paramahamsa Nithyananda with actress Ranjitha.

 The case is under investigation by the Tamilnadu CB-CID (Crime Branch, Central Investigation Department).

 Lenin Karuppan, the chief conspirator and accused, and his brother, filed anticipatory bail petitions which got rejected by the Sessions Court in Chennai.

 Following this, Lenin and brother Kumar pleaded anticipatory bail at the Hon’ble High Court in Chennai but was rejected again on 6 Sep 2011. Meanwhile the Tamilnadu CB CID are trying to ascertain Lenin’s whereabouts as he is reportedly not available in any of his furnished addresses or telephone numbers. Lenin and Kumar are reportedly in hiding over the past couple of months.

 Lenin’s chief co-conspirator Prasanna Kumar having been refused anticipatory bail multiple times at the Magistrate Court, Sessions Court and the High Court in Chennai, was arrested by the Tamilnadu CB CID, kept in custody for 27 days and thoroughly investigated. He was released on bail on 13 Jan 2011.

 Meanwhile Sun TV COO Hansraj Saxena and his assistant Iyyappan were arrested and taken into judicial custody on 10th Sep 2011. Iyyappan confessed to criminal intimidation and extortion while under investigation. Later, while Saxena was granted bail, Iyappan was denied bail. After further investigation Iyyappan was released on bail.

 Further, two of the other accused Nakkheeran Gopal and Nakkheeran Kamraj, publisher and editor of the Tamil yellow magazine Nakkheeran filed anticipatory bail petitions twice before the Sessions Court, got rejected and were finally granted anticipatory bail along with stringent conditions by the Hon’ble High Court of Chennai.

 Advocate Sridhar another accused, pleaded anticipatory bail claiming medical grounds before the Sessions Court and was granted conditional anticipatory bail purely on the medical grounds cited.

 The Tamilnadu CB CID is continuing to investigate the case, nab the criminals and collect evidences for the crimes committed.