TN woman's plaint against godman

This is the second complaint against Nithyananda, who was released on bail on June 11 after the state Criminal Investigation Department (CID) found no evidence to pursue the cases that were filed on the basis of the charges brought against him by a former devotee Lenin Karuppan.

It was Karuppan who used secretly-installed cameras in the godman’s bedroom to record his sexual dalliance with Tamil actress Ranjitha. Based on Karuppan’s complaints a series of cases, including rape, unnatural sex, criminal intimidation and hurting the religious sentiments of people, were filed against the godman who was arrested in Solon, Himachal Pradesh, on April 21.

The second complaint, filed a few days back with CID sleuths here, is damning because this is the first time a woman has dared to come forward and slap charges against Nithyananda who had his devotees -- male and female -- sign a non-disclosure agreement in which they agreed to participate in tantra sex and watch pornography, among other things.

CID sources said that the complaint, which contains a detailed account of how Nithyananda allegedly sexually abused and exploited the woman and cheated her in the name of meditation, would be presented in the trial court when a charge sheet will be filed against him.

The sources said that immediately after receiving the complaint, sleuths began investigations and there is likelihood of the godman being arrested a second time.

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