Soumya Menon / DNA
Monday, March 8, 2010 12:40
Bangalore: Swami Paramahamsa Nithyananda, who is in the eye of a controversy after video clippings allegedly showing him and a Tamil actress in compromising positions were aired on TV channels, made a sudden appearance, on the web though, and protested his innocence, claiming that he and his organisations had done “nothing illegal”.
The godman, who the Tamil Nadu and Karnataka police said was absconding, appealed to “one and all” not to come to any conclusion based on the allegations made against him.
In his video statement, posted on his website http://dhyanapeetam.org on Sunday morning, Swami Nithyananda invoked the blessings of Lord Shiva and said: “Dear one and all, there have been many allegations against me and my organisations in the recent days. But, at the same time, I have received a flood of supporting emails, testimonials and letters from devotees and well wishers from all over the world, who have benefited from my teachings, over the years. They were all shocked to hear these allegations.”
“I want to assure you all that nothing illegal has been done by me or my organisations. We are in the process of collecting evidence to establish the falsity and motive of this campaign against me. I will address all the allegations and issue a detailed explanation. Meanwhile, I urge everyone not to rush to any judgment before all the facts have been put on the table and carefully examined.
Please wait for a few days till we collect all the facts and information and clearly present them to you. I thank all the devotees for their overwhelming support and standing with me in these challenging times. Thank you. Thank you all,” the swami said.
The swami’s followers have claimed that he was away in Haridwar attending the Kumbh Mela.
On March 2, Sun TV had aired video footage of the godman with a Tamil actress in compromising positions. Following this, his ashrams across Tamil Nadu and the one in Bidadi in Ramanagaram district near here were attacked by people.
Acting on a complaint filed by a group of lawyers, the Chennai police registered a case against the swami accusing him of betraying public trust.
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