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May 3rd, 2012
Madurai Aadheenam reply to a habeas corpus petition in HC

Madurai:The 292nd pontiff of Madurai Aadheenam, Sri Arunagirinatha Gnanasambanda Desikar, filed an affidavit in the Madras High Court Bench here on Thursday refuting allegations that he was under the illegal custody of Nithyananda of Bidadi in Karnataka.

Filing the affidavit in reply to a habeas corpus petition filed by T. Gurusamy Desikar (80), manager of Dharmapuram Mutt here, the pontiff stated that the case had been filed with “imaginary information without verifying essential facts and actual truth.”

The affidavit, filed through his counsel “I have been meeting the devotees every day at my Madurai Aadheenam. I also met all the general public and press people and gave a public statement on May 2 in Madurai in order to clear all unwarranted rumours… But the conduct of the petitioner is insulting, scandalous and motivated by malice.

“The petitioner herein is not known to me and he has filed this petition only with the intention of belittling me and the image of my Madurai Aadheenam in the eyes of the public. I am fully eligible, empowered and competent to manage, administer and appoint my successor for Madurai Aadheenam.”