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Monday, March 8, 2010

I have not done anything illegal: Nityananda

Chennai: Breaking his silence in the sex scandal in which he allegedly figured, self-styled godman Nityananda Swami today claimed he has not done anything 'illegal' and that he was a victim of a smear campaign.

'There have been many allegations against me and my organisations in recent days...I want to assure you all, all
of you, that nothing illegal has been done by me or by any of my organisations,' he said in a video clip recorded at an
undisclosed location, a week after his alleged sleazy acts were telecast on TV channel drawing widespread protests.

'We are in the process of collecting evidence to establish the falsity and motive of this smear campaign that
has been going against me. I will address all the allegations and issue a detailed explanation. We will find out the truth
and will come back to you very soon. Till then please be patient,' he said.

The CD of him speaking before a camera at an undisclosed location was sent throughhis lawyer and circulated to select
media. The contents of his speech were telecast by a private Tamil Satellite Channel.

His statement comes a day after his former disciple Nithya Dharmananda alias K Lenin said he had shot the video
purportedly showing Nityananda in a compromising position with an actress which was later telecast on TV channels.
Based on his complaint, police registered cases against Nityananda under various sections of the IPC including
cheating, criminal intimidation and rape.

Police Commissioner T Rajendran had said all cases would be transferred to Bangalore since the incident had taken place
at his ashram at Bidadi. Special teams had been formed to trace Nityananda.

The video aired on Tamil TV channels recently had caused a furore, with some Hindu groups and others protesting against
Nityananda even as Karnataka government promised 'very strict' action against him. The Ashram, however, has maintained that the video footage was morphed. PTI

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