Defamation case filed against Swami’s ex-driver

October 3rd, 2010

Oct. 2: The Bidadi police has registered a case against Lenin Kuruppan, who worked as a driver for controversial godman Swami Nithyananda, accusing him of defaming his employer.

The case was registered on Friday on the directions of the JMFC court, Ramanagaram. The complaint was registered after a few of the swami’s devotees approached the court and filed a complaint. Earlier, the Bidadi police had refused to book Kuruppan as Crime Investigation Department (CID) sleuths are already investigating the case.

Lenin has been booked for defaming the swami by allegedly distributing footage showing the godman in a compromising position with a Tamil actress.

The footages were released to a private television channel in early March this year, forcing Nihtyananda to flee to an undisclosed location in Haridwar. He was arrested later and was sent to jail. The swami came out of the prison 51 days later. Reacting to the case against the swami’s former driver, a senior police officer said several sections of the Indian Penal Code have been slapped against Lenin, who is believed to be in Tamil Nadu at present.

Lenin is booked under IPC Sections 447 (trespass), 61 (sentence of forfeiture of property), 292 (sale of books which are obscene), as well as sections of Indecent Representation of Women and Information Technology Acts.


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