Sun TV network COO, Hansraj Saxena facing a slew of criminal law suits - Resigns

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Chairman and Managing Director of Sun Network Kalanithi Maran's close aide Hansraj Saxena, facing a slew of criminal lawsuits and just out of a two-month prison stint on conditional bail, has resigned from the Sun TV Network. Saxena was the COO, in charge of the company's pictures division, which last year created history by producing India's costliest movie Endhiran. Saxena sent his resignation letter three days ago, his lawyer N Senthil Kumar told Economic Times. "My client felt there should not be any embarrassment for the company due to the lawsuits he is facing. He spoke to Kalanithi Maran and has decided to step down," Senthil Kumar said. Chairman and Managing Director of Sun Network Kalanithi Maran and his CEO K Vijay Kumar could not be reached for comments on the issue. Saxena was arrested on July 3 and spent more than two months in custody. The initial charge against him was of defrauding a movie distributor. However, he has since quickly attracted a slew of cases under charges as varied as land grabbing and blackmailing. If you may recall, Saxena was earlier arrested for the case filed by Sri Nithya Atmaprabhananda for extortion and criminal intimidation in connection with the morphed video aired by Sun TV on 2 March 2010 last year attempting to defame Paramahamsa Nithyananda. Saxena is currently out on bail.