DMK supremo and the former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister, M Karunanidhi's grand nephew Kalanidhi Maran is the owner of Sun TV network. Nithyananda filed the case against Kalanidhi and Sun TV's COO Hansraj Saxena. Saxena has already been lodged in police custody over a forgery case filed by a Salem-based film distributor.
Kalanidhi is the brother of Dayanidhi Maran who on Thursday, Jul 7 was forced to table his resignation from the union cabinet as the textile minister after the CBI implicated him (Dayanidhi) in the 2G spectrum scam.
It seems that Nithyananda hit Marans at the right time when the family (Marans) has been isolated without all political powers. Spokesperson of the spiritual guru said, "On Mar 3, 2010, Sun TV aired footage that caused defamation to our organisation. So we have filed a case against Kalanidhi Maran and Hansraj Saxena."
Allegations against Maran:
Maran allegedly forced C Sivasankaran, owner of Aircel, to sell the telecom company to Maran's Malaysia-based friend T Ananda Krishnan in 2006. The reports added that Maran, during his tenure as a Communication Minister in UPA I government, issued spectrum licenses to Astro, a sister company of Maxis, soon after it purchased stake in Sun TV.
Nithyananda in sex-controversy:
A video footage, which was aired in 2010, allegedly showed Nithyananda and an actress in a compromising condition. Soon the spiritual leader was arrested from Himachal Pradesh, though was released later on bail. Nithyananda is also charged in some other criminal cases including rape.