Thursday, April 4, 2013


1 more complaint has been filed against Nithyananda in USA for FRAUD AND DECEIT, RACKETEERING, CIVIL CONSPIRACY and UNFAIR BUSINESS PRACTICES, cheating the US government and donors by misusing the charitable, tax-exempt 501(c) status. The complaint (Case no. EDCV13-363-JGB, filed on 27th Feb 2013 at the US District Court, Central District of California) has been filed by several ex-donors against Nithyananda, his secretaries and his organizations, allege that Nithyananda and his secretaries blatantly misrepresented Nithyananda as a Brahmachari, sanyasi living a simple life, and misrepresented the organizations as charitable institutions benefitting the society and extracted crores of rupees from them. But in reality Nithyananda’s intentions were to cheat the public, devotees and the US government by misusing his position as the leader of these organizations and charitable tax-exempt (501(c)) status of his organizations to privately benefit from it (refer pg 50 of complaint). The ex-donors have demanded the return of around $800,000 (around Rs. 4.5 crores) collected from them through fraud and deceit. However, the court could award 3 times that amount (almost Rs. 14 crores) as compensation, if the racketeering charges are confirmed in a trial.

The defendants named in the complaint are: (i) Nithyananda (Accused 1 in India), (ii) Gopal Reddy Sheelum @ Nithya Bhaktananda (Accused 2 in India) – already declared FRAUD by US Court in July 2012 in another case 5:11-CV-01304 SVW (SPx), Popatlal Savla vs Nithyananda Foundation (iii) Siva Vallabhaneni @ Nithya Sachitananda (Accused 3 in India), (iv) Nithyananda Foundationalso declared FRAUD by US Court in July 2012 in case no. 5:11-CV-01304 SVW (SPx), Popatlal Savla vs Nithyananda Foundation, (v) Life Bliss Foundation in Montclair (Los Angeles), California (vi) Nithyananda Dhyanapaatem Temple and Cultural Center (NDTCC) in Montclair (Los Angeles), California and (vii) Dhyanapeetam Charitable Trust in Bidadi, India

In July 2012, in the same California court, a jury reviewed all evidence and found Nithyananda Foundation and Gopal Reddy Sheelum guilty of committing fraud against another ex-donor Mr. Popatlal Savla and ordered them to return the $1.5 Million (~ Rs 8 crore) that was fraudulently obtained from him (see link below for judgment from that case). But the details of the allegations (which are explained below) and evidence presented in this latest complaint shockingly exposes well planned efforts and criminal intent of Nithyananda and his secretaries Gopal Reddy Sheelum (@Bhaktananda, A2) and Siva Vallabhaneni (@ Sachitananda, A3) to cheat the public and government.

The allegations in the complaint and other sections of interest are briefly explained below:

·  Fraud and Deceit (Refer complaint, Pg 17, 25, 28, 29, 37, 39-40, 47, 50-51)

Publicly and privately Nithyananda over emphasized that he lived a very simple life and he was a Brahmachari Sanyasi (Pg 17). He intentionally misrepresented his organizations as charitable tax-exempt (501(c) status) institutions exclusively for charitable activities for the benefit of the society. But in fact it was benefitting Nithyananda his secretaries, and other individuals, as large amounts collected in US were transferred to Nithyananda’s bank account. (Pg 28, 37)

· Nithyananda confessed about Sex with many and video being authentic: (refer Pg 25)

Nithynanda personally confessed to donors in March 2010 about video being true (not morphed as he alleged later), that he had sex with many persons, that the sex-contract (i.e. NDA or  Non-Disclosure Agreements) were being used for many years (atleast since 2005). Nithyananda also admitted that he misrepresented his organization as being charitable entities, because most of the money collected in USA through his organizations was sent to Nithyananda. (Refer Pg 25 for more details). Nithyananda and his secretaries have also confirmed about existence of the NDA (Non-Diclosure Agreement, better known as “sex contract”).  (refer Pg 40)

· Financial fraud by Nithyananda organizations: (refer Pg 28, 29, 47)

Nithyananda organization cannot account for more than $2 million, they have no records of how they spent $3.6 million!!! Based on evidence in previous trial (in Popatlal Savla vs. Nithyananda Foundation), an expert testified that Nithyananda entities have 2 sets of books, and worst of all, the books (financial records) were cooked to make $2 million profit turn into $2 million loss. More details in pg 28,29, 47

· Civil Conspiracy (refer Pg 29-33)

Nithyananda and his secretaries have elaborately planned to destroy evidence and strip all the assets of entities in Nithyananda organizations, to avoid paying if they face lawsuits. Nithyananda and his secretaries specifically discussed that many people have expressed about sexual abuse incidents happening to them, and so they were concerned about potential lawsuits. (Pg 31). Details of plans and email discussions are in pg 29-33 & Exhibit F

·  Racketeering (pg 16)

Nithyananda and his secretaries Gopal (Bhaktananda) and Siva (Sachitananda) operated the assets of the charitable organizations as their own personal ATM and piggy bank. Large sums of money moved from USA to India through Nithyananda’s brother’s company called “Nithyananda Import Export”.

While Nithyananda claims to have no connections whatsoever with Nithyananda Foundation or his other organizations, the complaint infact goes to say that Nithyananda controlled the organizations to such a great degree that Nithyananda and his Organizations are one and the same, there is no separation between them (Refer pg 13-15)

This latest complaint against Nithyananda, which is similar to a class action lawsuit, was filed by 6 ex-donors on 28th Feb 2013. Interestingly, around the same time 3 years ago (on 2nd Mar 2010), truth about Nithyananda came to light!

Links to related documents:

FRAUD complaint against Nithyananda by ex-donors in Feb 2013 in California, USA:
FRAUD Verdict against Nithyananda by California Court:
FRAUD complaint against Nithyananda’s secretary and organization by Popatlal Savla, in California, USA
Complaint copy can also be obtained from the court website at where  “Public Access to Court’s Electronic Records” are at:

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Nityananda sleaze CD genuine: CID

The video footage showing arrested self-styled godman Nityananda Swami in a compromising position with a Tamil actress is "genuine", a top CID official said today.

"The video footage is genuine. It is untampered and there is no indication of alteration in the video. As far as image comparison is concerned, " CID's Deputy IGP  Reddy told PTI.

Asked about efforts to trace the actress, Reddy said, "She is not an accused in this case.

The CD was sent to Central Forensic Science Laboratory Delhi  for analysis where it was found to be authentic, he said.

The case was entrusted to CID for investigation after the scandal broke out in March when some TV channels aired the purported video footage.

 Nityananda, arrested on criminal charges, including rape, from Solan in Himachal Pradesh on April 21.

Nithyananda Ranjitha Video CD is genuine: CID

Friday, November 9, 2012

Nithyananda Exposed Again by Close Aide - Newstv9

Nithyananda's secrets spilled yet again by 1 more close aide Gnanananda who has now left the ashram. His revelations in an email confirm what Lenin, Aarthi Rao and other devotees have stated based on their own personal experiences. Gnanananda was a dedicated brahmachari of the ashram, a long time member of Nithy's inner circle and a devoted follower of Nithy for almost 10 years! He was also in-charge of Tamil publications in the ashram, and was also appointed by Nithyananda as one of the spiritual heads of Bidadi ashram, and a Mahacharya teaching several higher level programs like Bhakti Spurana, Nithyananda Spurana, etc.

Sex and the single swami,Nithyananda: More revelations

"I am Krishna and you are my Gopika," sounds like an appalling pickup line, but if the Karnataka police are to be believed, it was normally employed by 33-year-old Swami Nithyananda or Paramahamsa Nithyananda of the Nithyananda Dhyanapeetam at Bidadi, Karnataka, to seduce his female devotees.

The 430-page chargesheet filed by the Karnataka CID on November 27 against Nithyananda was prompted by the complaint of a young lady (whose name and identity has been withheld by the CID as part of the witness protection programme) accusing the swami of sexual abuse at the Bidadi Ashram, 37 km from Bangalore, and in other locations. Her complaint says Nithyananda insisted on "seeking moksha through sexual union" with several female devotees by claiming to be incarnations of various gods.

The swami made them sign non-disclosure agreements (NDA) forbidding them to reveal sexual details. The signed NDA (in the possession of INDIA TODAY) states that "the volunteer understands that the programme may involve the learning and practice of ancient tantric secrets associated with male and female ecstasy, including the use of sexual energy for increased intimacy/spiritual connection, pleasure, harmony and freedom. Volunteer understands that these activities could be physically and mentally challenging and may involve nudity, access to visual images, graphic visual depictions and descriptions of nudity and sexual activity, close proximity and intimacy, verbal and written descriptions and audio sounds of a sexually oriented and erotic nature."

The agreement also absolves the ashram of any wrongdoing with an additional clause in the NDA: "By reading and signing this document, volunteer irrevocably acknowledges that he/she is voluntarily giving
unconditional acceptance of such activities and discharges the leader and the foundation, and anyone else not specifically mentioned here but directly or indirectly involved in the organisation, management or conduct of any such programmes from any liability, direct or indirect, arising from such activities."A further sentence states that the "volunteer also affirms that he/she does not find sexual or adult-oriented material associated with the practice of any tantric rituals or any other adult material to be offensive or objectionable."

Nithyananda's Spiritual Wares
  •     Advanced inner awakening programme: $6,000
  •     Holy rudraksha bracelet: $12
  •     Rudraksha mala: $35
  •     Meditation kit: $30
  •     Silver replica of his feet: $20
  •     Silver Guru Puja Set containing his picture, silver diya, haldi and kumkum boxes: $550
  •     Perpetual Calendar with the Joke of the Day: $12
DIG  of the CID says no court would admit an agreement like this, "full of illegalities, but we are quite sure that by the time the victims signed it, they had already been exploited or brainwashed with not much of a chance to protest." The cops claim to have snagged video clips showing the godman in compromising positions with at least five women-a charge the ashram scoffs at. "It's difficult to put a
number to his victims, but I would guess not less than 15," says cid

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Gunasekaran, a Salem based farmer gave a land grabbing complaint against godman Nithyananda.

One Mr. Gunasekaran is a farmer from Siragapadi village of Salem district. He has given a land grab complaint against Nithyananda, to district police superintendent Mr. Ashwin Kotnis. In the complaint he has said:

“In 2005, I was introduced to Nithyananda through Chennai Krishnan Sakthi & Selvam. Nithyananda’s secretary Sadananda and several others approached me requesting me to donate my land located at Kadathur, Mukonapalayam to Nithyananda as he is interested in setting up an ashram at Siragapadi. Nithyananda also talked to me over phone regarding this. Hence I agreed to donate 50 cents of my land. Subsequently, in 2006, when I went to document registration office, they got my signatures, that of my wife and my sister in a land registration document, which was already prepared in English. But they did not talk about money for the land.

On 2010 October 12th, when I tried to sell my land adjoining the one I had donated to Nithyananda, I was prevented by his followers who said that the entire land belongs to them and showed the land registration document. Then I realized that I had been cheated. As Nithyananda and his followers threatened me I had not given any police complaint. In this situation, on Oct. 23rd current year, some people contacted me and asked me not to complain regarding this, as Nithyananda himself has told them to inform me that they are willing to pay price for the land or return back my land. But no payment has been made till date. So I pray that steps be taken to recover and restore my land.”

சேலம்: சேலம் மாவட்டத்தைச் சேர்ந்த விவசாயி ஒருவர் நித்யானந்தா மீது நில அபகரிப்பு புகார் கொடுத்துள்ளார்.சேலம் மாவட்டம் சீரகாப்பாடியைச் சேர்ந்தவர் விவசாயி குணசேகரன். அவர் சேலம் மாவட்ட எஸ்.பி. அஸ்வின் கோட்னீசை சந்தித்து நித்யானந்தா மீது நில அபகரிப்பு புகார் மனு ஒன்றை அளி்த்துள்ளார்.
அந்த மனுவில் அவர் கூறியிருப்பதாவது,
கடந்த 2005ம் ஆண்டு சென்னை கிருஷ்ணன், சக்தி, செல்வம் ஆகியோர் மூலம் நித்யானந்தாவிடம் நான் அறிமுகமானேன். அவரது செயலாளர் சதானந்தா உள்ளிட்ட பலர் என்னிடம் சீரகாப்பாடி பகுதியில் நித்யானந்தா ஆசிரமம் அமைக்க விரும்புவதாகவும், கடத்தூர் முக்கோணம் பாளையம் பகுதியில் உள்ள எனது நிலத்தை தானமாக கொடுக்கும்படியும் கேட்டனர். நித்யானந்தாவும் இதுபற்றி என்னிடம் டெலிபோனில் பேசினார்.
எனவே 50 சென்ட் நிலத்தை தானமாக கொடுக்க ஒப்புக் கொண்டேன். கடந்த 2006ம் ஆண்டு பத்திரப்பதிவு அலுவலகத்துக்கு சென்ற என்னிடமும் எனது மனைவி, சகோதரி ஆகியோரிடமும் அவர்கள் ஆங்கிலத்தில் ஏற்கனவே தயார் செய்து வைத்திருந்த பத்திரத்தில் கையெழுத்து வாங்கிக் கொண்டனர். ஆனால் நிலத்துக்கான பணம் குறித்து அவர்கள் பேசவில்லை.
2010ம் அண்டு அக்டோபர் 12ம் தேதி நித்யானந்தாவுக்கு கொடுத்த நிலத்தின் அருகில் இருந்த எனது நிலத்தை விற்க முயன்றபோது நித்யானந்தாவின் ஆதரவாளர்கள் என்னைத் தடுத்து நிலம் முழுவதும் தங்களுடையது எனக் கூறி பத்திரத்தை காட்டினர். அப்போது தான் நான் ஏமாற்றப்பட்டதை அறிந்தேன்.
நித்யானந்தா மற்றும் அவரது ஆதரவாளர்கள் என்னை மிரட்டியதால் போலீசில் புகார் அளிக்கவில்லை. இந்த நிலையில் கடந்த அக்டோபர் 23ம் தேதி என்னை தொடர்பு கொண்ட சிலர் இந்த சம்பவம் தொடர்பாக போலீசில் புகார் அளிக்க வேண்டாம் எனவும், நிலத்தையோ, அதற்கான பணத்தையோ கொடுத்து விடுவதாகவும், இதை நித்யானந்தா சொல்லச் சொன்னதாகவும் கூறினர். ஆனால் அவர்கள் கூறியபடி பணம் தரவில்லை. எனவே எனது நிலத்தை மீட்டுத்தர நடவடிக்கை எடுக்க வேண்டும் என்று அவர் அதில் தெரிவித்துள்ளார்.

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Govt seeks to take control of Nithyananda’s ashram

CHENNAI: The Tamil Nadu government has issued a notice to self-styled godman Nithyananda's Dhyanapeetam (ashram) in Tiruvannamalai to bring it under its control. The move comes in the wake of a petition filed by the Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments department in a Madurai court seeking control of the Madurai Adheenam and the high drama that ended in the godman being stripped of the title of junior pontiff of the mutt.

The Tiruvannamalai HR&CE joint commissioner issued the notice to the ashram authorities recently. "Following various allegations against the ashram, the government wants to bring it under its ambit using Section 59 of the HR&CE Act," said an official. The section empowers the government to bring any ashram or mutt under its control to monitor all financial and asset dealings and ensure submission of annual accounts to the HR&CE commissioner. This is the first time such a notice has been issued. "The ashram has collected donations and the notice seeks to bring the ashram under state purview," said the official. The ashram has sought 15 days' time to reply.

Efforts to reach ashram authorities failed. The ashram, started by Nithyananda in 2006, is located near the Tiruvannamalai temple. The 2.5-acre land, on the base of a hill, was donated by Bhanu Nainar to Nithyananda, a native of Tiruvannamalai, who was earlier Rajasekar.

"It used to be agricultural land but later became barren. Bhanu Nainar donated the land as Nithyananda wanted to start a branch of his ashram in his native place," said Sethu, a photojournalist based in Tiruvannamalai.

Nithyananda visits the ashram often and delivers lectures and conducts meditation class, said Sethu. The Tiruvannamalai ashram has prayer, meditation and dining halls besides rooms for visitors to stay.

The headquarters of Dhyanapeetam is situated in Bidadi, near Bangalore and cases have been filed against this ashram by the Karnataka government.

The HR&CE department had filed a petition in a Madurai court seeking to take control of the Madurai Adheenam after protests broke out over Nithyananda's anointment as successor to Arunagirinathar Desikar, the present head.