Bangalore, Jul 23: Sex Scandal tainted-godman, Swami Nithyananda, who was recently allowed to go back to preaching, has said that the "scam" did not cause as much pain to him for the effect it had on his image but he was immensely disturbed by the suffering it cause his devotees, especially actress Ranjitha.
"When the scam broke out, I did not feel hurt for myself but I felt clearly hurt for all the pain and suffering caused to my devotees, especially Ranjita," Nityananda said in a video message.
Dubbing Ranjitha as a "sincere and a humble devotee", he said he felt "gravely hurt" for the pain caused not only to her but also to her family.
"She is such a wonderful devotee who has done so much voluntary work for the organisation," he said, sending his prayers and blessings to the family members.
Carrying on with his contention that he was being framed in a controversy tailored by certain "people", the controversial religious guru said, "People who wanted to attack me, wanted to take revenge, they should have done it directly. They could have done a thousand things. But they should not have ruined the life of my devotee."
Nithyananda spent almost 50 days in jail and a slew of criminal charges such as rape and unnatural sex were slapped against him after a sleazy video showing him in compromising position with a woman surfaced in Mar 2010.