Madurai Adheenam's new head Nithyananda and the incumbent Arunagirinatha Gnanasambanda Desikar hailed the dismissal of a habeas corpus plea and public interest litigation filed in the Madurai Bench of Madras High Court as a “victory for justice.”
Addressing a press conference at the mutt here on Thursday, the pontiffs said that the court had clearly said that it was a petition to gain “cheap publicity.” The petitioner, M Solaikannan of the Hindu Makkal Katchi had alleged that Nithyananda had used illegal means to take the present pontiff Arunagirinathar under his custody. Similarly, a habeas corpus plea was filed by T. Gurusamy Desigar seeking the release of the senior mutt head from the clutches of Nithyananda and his disciples.
Responding to a question on Kanchi Sankaracharya's allegations that Nityananda was not qualified to become the successor of Madurai Adheenam as he has involved in a scandal, Arunagirinathar responded that “As head of the Adheenam I have the sole prerogative to choose my successor.”
Nityananda said that he would run the Adheenam without overhead costs and was ready to bring the mutt under the purview of Right to Information Act. He said that counter cases for defamation would be filed against the petitioners.