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Updated: March 16, 2012 03:17 IST

Nithyananda cites U.S. experts to claim videotape is fake

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Nithyananda. File Photo
Nithyananda. File Photo

Swamy Nithyananda of the Bangalore-based Nithayananda Dhyanapeetam on Thursday sought a fresh probe into the veracity of a videotape, telecast by a television channel and put on its website by a Tamil magazine in 2010, purportedly showing him in a compromising position with an actor.

Reiterating his stand that the tape had been manipulated to suit the interests of some persons who allegedly threatened, blackmailed and extorted money from his disciples, Swamy Nithyananda said that four independent U.S.-based experts had analysed it and concluded that the content was “fake” and “morphed”.

He had given copies of the reports to the Crime Investigation Department (CID) in Karnataka, which is investigating the case.

Advanced technology

A fresh probe into the genuineness of the videotape was essential in the backdrop of the international experts' conclusion, using advanced technology.

“These experts… are often engaged by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)... they are willing to give evidence in any court in India or the US,” he said.

Swamy Nithyananda said that some of his disciples, who were pained by the contents of the tape, had sought the experts' opinion.

“We are taking steps to remove the morphed video clip from websites. Lenin Karuppan (a former aide of Swamy Nithyananda accused of masterminding the videotape scandal) might have taken the assistance of some persons to manipulate this videotape.”

Recalling how his disciples were threatened and blackmailed by some media bigwigs and journalists, he said they (the accused persons) bargained for about Rs.60 crore for not making the videotape public.

Police inaction

“We refused to pay. They confined one of our disciples in a room and forcibly took Rs.42 lakh that was raised through other followers in a short period of time. He was attacked and released in front of a police station in T. Nagar (Chennai). Police took no action on our complaints though we were threatened, attacked and our premises ransacked…”

Swamy Nithyananda said that he was happy with the investigation of the Crime Branch CID of Tamil Nadu. “Lenin Karuppan, who surrendered before the CBCID officials on Wednesday, should be imprisoned till the disposal of the cases against him.”

Actor Ranjitha, who was present during the press briefing, said she was also threatened by some persons that the videotape would be leaked if money was not paid.

Dear CID,

Please do the following:
1. Find out from where Lenin got the camera (purchased or somone gave it). It will help to see who are all involved.
2. Work with Google and get bloggers details who were really active in creating blogs on internet

In all cases in India, usually persons associate with a case is also pulled into. In this case apart from Lenin and Arathi, there is no other name. But given the nature of this case, it is important the brains behind this is also required to be questioned.
Let the truth come out. Given the background of Lenin, he alone cannot plan for such a spy activity.

from:  Vivek
Posted on: Mar 20, 2012 at 10:23 IST

I really pray for Lenin Karuppan for having guts to expose this charleten. I was associated with some of his followers in US. I saw him personally many times. I could see how people poured money for every "Courses". Ranjita was also travelling with him. This guy is a shame to India.

from:  Siva
Posted on: Mar 18, 2012 at 03:36 IST

This man rajasekhar calling himself 'Paramahamsa' is a Talented and Resourceful organizer. By the time he was just 27 he had garnished a tremendous following. If one see his sermon videos from 3 years back, it is really amazing how he connects with his audience with simple and heavily accented English. He introduced vijnana bhairava tantra and Jain sutras to american
audience with such an ease. Having said this, he certainly is a megalomaniac typical of Tamil politicians. His reaction
immediately after the broadcast itself is a proof of guilt. He absconded and also issued a statement that he was

The expert made 2 points. one of which is that the audio is not clear. Most of the morphed videos can be proved false when
the audio does not match with the video, in this case it not possible to evaluate its authenticity due to missing audio.

This wouldn't be an issue at all if he had come clean and accepted the actress as a partner and continued what he was doing.

from:  S. Sendhilvelan
Posted on: Mar 17, 2012 at 01:08 IST

//They confined one of our disciples in a room and forcibly took Rs.42 lakh that was raised through other followers in a short period of time.//
42 lakhs! If I'm confined all they could discover are a pair of jeans & shirts (including decent underwear), old and worn-out shoes and a paperback copy of J.D. Salinger's 'Catcher in the Rye'. Wish I were a Nithyananda Swamy's disciple so that I could see such a lot of money.

from:  GKannuchamy
Posted on: Mar 16, 2012 at 23:21 IST

What videos did these American companies examine? Which software did they use? Which parts/segments were morphed? So, Nithyananda ran away and hid in Kumbha Mela and Shimla over a morphed video? For Nithyanada and his followers , lying and deception is second nature. His video is not part of the court testimony and so the Indian agencies are not interested in that. So, obviously, they will not re-examine the claims of Nithyanada on the US based agencies. And Nithyananda will claim to be a poor victim and his devotees will believe him blindly. From day one, Nithyananda has been lying so much that with his current aggression and abuse of the legal system, it is a wonder what spiritualism his devotees are practising.

from:  Chittar
Posted on: Mar 16, 2012 at 20:11 IST

Just because a video was shown on the television does not make it authentic. And if we are talking about reputation here, then we all know about the reputation of the government labs in India which have passed the video as authentic!
The matter is simple. We are trying to investigate whether the tapes are genuine. The govt labs were unable to find any evidence to the contrary, whereas the foreign labs have a list of things which prove that they are not authentic. Any one can look into their methods and their findings and come to their own conclusion!

from:  Alpana Agarwal
Posted on: Mar 16, 2012 at 14:34 IST

Just because these are 4 american companies, it does not give any seal of approval
that they are what Nityanmanada is claiming them to be- the reputation and claims
of these 4 companies should be thoroughly investigated- and then they may not
appear to be what is claimed.

from:  Ronald Fried
Posted on: Mar 16, 2012 at 07:04 IST
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