Release of film "Sathyananda" stayed

September 21 2011

Bangalore, Sep 20 : A court here today stayed the release of Kannada film "Sathyananda" purportedly based on the life of self-styled godman Nityananda till a defamation suit filed by him is disposed of.

Additional City Civil and Sessions Judge Ashwath Narayana passed the order on an Interlocutory Application filed by Nityananda seeking to restrain the producers from releasing the film.

Senior counsel for Nithyananda K V Dhananjaya had argued that producer promoted the film in the name of Nithyananda and "not only launched verbal attacks on him but also solicited stories on the Facebook, from the general public on the issue of whether they were exploited by him (the godman)".

The posters of the film, carried the picture of Nithyananda, Dhananjaya sumbitted.

"However despite doing all this, the producer swore before the court that he does not even know who Nithyananda is", he pointed out.

Nityananda was arrested last year on criminal charges, including rape, after video footage showing him in a compromising position with an actress was aired by TV channels last year.