Daughters ‘illegally confined’ at Nithyananda’s ashram in Ahmedabad, alleges Bengaluru couple

first_imgControversial self-styled godman, Swamy Nithyananda, has found himself in another controversy with allegations of “illegally confining” two daughters of a Bengaluru-based couple.A petition has been filed in the Gujarat High Court by the couple seeking the court’s help to get back two daughters allegedly “illegally confined” from an ashram set up by Nithyananda, who faces rape charges. The petition is set to be heard by the court on Wednesday.The petitioners, Janardana Sharma and his wife, in their habeas corpus petition said they had admitted their four daughters in an educational institution run by the godman in Bengaluru in 2013 when they were in the age group of 7-15. However, their daughters were allegedly shifted to another institution in his ashram in Ahmedabad without their consent. When they learnt about this, that their daughters were this year shifted to another branch of Nithyananda Dhyanapeetham, named Yogini Sarvagyapeetham, situated on the premises of Delhi Public School in Ahmedabad, they rushed to Ahmedabad and tried to meet them, but the officials in the place did not allow them inside.When officials of the institute refused to let them meet their daughters, the petitioners first sought the local police help. The couple could bring back their two minor daughters with the help of police and Protection of Child Rights Commission. But their elder daughters, Lopamudra Janardhana Sharma (21) and Nandhita (18), refused to come with them.Based on the Sharma family’s complaint, the Ahmedabad Rural police lodged an FIR against Nithyananda and other officials of the Ashram.“Our team is probing the matter,” Ahmedabad (Rural) Superintendent of Police R.V. Asari said.In their petition, the couple alleged that their two younger daughters were kidnapped and kept in illegal confinement for more than two weeks and were deprived of sleep.The Sharmas have urged the court to direct the police as well the institute’s authorities to produce their daughters, who, they alleged, are being kept under “illegal confinement,” before the court and hand them over to them.Cong. slams govt.Meanwhile, the Gujarat Congress slammed the BJP government in the State for not initiating action against Nithyananda Ashram. “It is a well-known fact that Nithyananda enjoys protection from the State government despite the fact that many children are being confined in the ashram against the wishes of their parents,” Gujarat Congress spokesman Manish Doshi said on Tuesday.last_img read more

Fisticuff at council meeting of Chennai corporation

first_imgOuch: Karate Thiagarajan (with mike) presides over the pandemoniumWhen the J. Jayalalithaa government introduced the one-man-one-post rule, aimed at clipping the wings of M.K. Stalin, Chennai mayor and MLA, the DMK went curiously silent.But when Stalin finally shed his mayoral robes last month leading Deputy mayor “Karate” Thyagarajan to plonk,Ouch: Karate Thiagarajan (with mike) presides over the pandemoniumWhen the J. Jayalalithaa government introduced the one-man-one-post rule, aimed at clipping the wings of M.K. Stalin, Chennai mayor and MLA, the DMK went curiously silent.But when Stalin finally shed his mayoral robes last month leading Deputy mayor “Karate” Thyagarajan to plonk himself on the mayor’s seat, there was chaos in the Chennai Corporation.At a council meeting of the corporation chaired by Thyagarajan for the first time on June 28, DMK members came in cars sporting the mayoral flag. Clad in black and belligerent, they frequently interrupted the meeting and walked out – and in – in protest.When TMC leader P. Vetrivel passed an unsavoury remark on the DMK’s conduct, members took offence and a minor fisticuff ensued.Surprisingly, Thyagarajan, contrary to what his prefix would suggest, sat rock-like on the mayoral throne vowing to carry out “all Amma’s orders”.last_img read more

Yanks Beat Cleveland in 14, Tanaka on 15 Day D.L. – Fans Wonder: Are We Done?

first_imgCLEVELAND – The Yankees’ 5-4 in 14 innings win took five hours and 32 minutes, going into the books after the Yankees absorbed a heavy dose of bad news, losing ace right-hander Masahiro Tanaka to the 15-day disabled list with inflammation in his right elbow. On what was a particularly stressful day for the Yankees, shaking hands and celebrating a late-night victory helped take some of the sting out of their afternoon.Jacoby Ellsbury connected for a two-out solo home run in the top of the 14th, giving the Yankees something to smile about at the conclusion of a 5-4 victory over the Indians on Wednesday night at Progressive Field.“That’s what it felt like, it was going to take a home run to get a run across,” Ellsbury said. “Our bullpen pitched unbelievable to give us a chance to win that game. It was a nice team win.”Carlos Beltran also sustained two small facial fractures in a batting-cage mishap and Brett Gardnerwas held out of the lineup with an abdominal strain, but on the positive side, Mark Teixeira homered twice and Brandon McCarthy hurled 6 2/3 solid innings in his Yankees debut.“No matter what happens before the game, in between the lines — whether it’s nine or 14 innings — we’re just going to keep playing hard,” Teixeira said. “That’s the only thing we can do. Don’t feel sorry for ourselves, go out there and try to win games.”Ellsbury’s homer off Vinnie Pestano made a winner of rookie Chase Whitley, who hurled two scoreless innings in his first outing since being bumped out of the rotation. David Robertson, the seventh Yankees reliever of the night, pitched a scoreless 14th inning for his 22nd save.“That’s a tough game to lose for either side,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. “Both bullpens did an exceptional job. It came down to one big hit.”The Indians had the winning run 90 feet away in the 10th inning, as David Huff issued walks to three batters he faced, loading the bases with free passes to Michael Brantley, Carlos Santana andLonnie Chisenhall.Shawn Kelley entered and pitched out of the jam, striking out Nick Swisher and inducing a ground ball from David Murphy to wriggle free. New York’s bullpen combined to hold Cleveland to three hits over 7 1/3 innings with nine strikeouts.“Bases loaded, one out, any fly ball or solid contact gets the job done for them,” Kelley said. “I was just trying to make a big pitch.”Teixeira atoned for a first-inning throwing error with his first multi-homer game in nearly two years, slugging a solo blast in the fourth and a two-run shot in the fifth, both off Tribe starter Josh Tomlin.The second blast — Teixeira’s 17th of the season — gave the Yankees their first lead of the night, marking his 37th multi-homer game and his first since July 13, 2012, against the Angels.“I just got lucky. I just put a couple of good swings on some pitches,” Teixeira said. “I haven’t really been swinging the bat well the last few weeks, so it was just a good day to get two homers because we needed it.”McCarthy settled down after three unearned runs crossed the plate in the first inning, a frame prolonged when Teixeira hit Brantley with a throw as he slid into second base, loading the bases. Chisenhall knocked home a run with a groundout and Swisher delivered a two-run single.Santana also logged a fifth-inning RBI single off McCarthy, who was acquired from the D-backs on Sunday in exchange for left-hander Vidal Nuno. He scattered nine hits with a walk and three strikeouts, recording 13 ground-ball outs to keep his infield busy.“Results-wise it was all right, but I didn’t feel sharp early on, I was struggling with a few things,” McCarthy said. “I feel like I did a decent job of getting it back, but [catcher Brian] McCann was fantastic at keeping in touch with me between each inning, coming up, letting me know what he was seeing. We were able to make adjustments and it made it way easier for me.”McCann lifted a sacrifice fly as part of a three-run fifth inning off Tomlin, who worked seven innings and allowed four runs on eight hits. He walked none and struck out five before yielding to the bullpen.“These ones are always tough when you lose them,” Ellsbury said. “Obviously when you win them, it’s nice for the momentum.”Bryan Hoch  for MLB.com.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more