No wedding bells for swami: The swami (bottom right) is learnt to have turned down Ranjitha's (above) offer to renounce sanyas and marry her because he didn't want to give up property worth several hundred crores. According to sources, Ranjitha turned vindictive after that and hatched a plot to expose him with his personal secretary Lenin Karuppan. File Pic
Ranjitha, who is three years elder to Nityananda (32), was married to an army officer with two children, when she was introduced to him three years back by veteran star K R Vijaya's niece Sudha, a full-time devotee.
"She was not a regular visitor in the beginning," said the source. "The swami's charm gradually made her fall for him and she even decided to shift base from Chennai to Bangalore." Ranjitha filed for divorce some time ago and the matter is pending in the court.
After getting intimate with the swami, she is understood to have asked him to marry her and even got a positive response.
Ashram sources say she could have convinced him by giving the instance of Vidyabhushan of Kukke Subramanya Matt, who renounced his sanyas to marry a medical student.
Lenin Karuppan, a close aide to the swamy, who owned up his role in taping the sexual acts, was also close to Ranjitha and used to call her 'anni' (sister-in-law) occasionally. Although Nityananda assured Ranjitha that he would marry her, he was worried about the property worth several hundred crore rupees that he would have to give up along with his sanyas.
Eventually, the swami not only turned down her proposal but also made things worse by seeing other women. A possessive Ranjitha pleaded with him several times and could have turned vindictive when her pleas fell on
"I think Karuppan and Ranjitha hatched the plan together," said the source. "I recall that they spoke quite casually to each other since a long time."
Karuppan is also understood to have blackmailed the swami just a month ago but Nityananda was not in a position to oblige.
"Please don't force me to comment," said Swamy Sevanda, personal secretary to Nityananda. "I know both Karuppan and Ranjitha and also know that they are not honest," he said. There is also an unconfirmed report of Ranjitha attempting suicide on Saturday. She was learnt to be in Kerala yesterday.
'I'll come clean'
Meanwhile, Nityananda has uploaded his video statement on his ashram website from an undisclosed location. The statement says that the controversy is a conspiracy hatched against him and he would soon come out clean.