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Bangalore: Nithyananda Tape Not Genuine: US Expert

Nithyananda Tape Not Genuine: US Expert

Bangalore, Dec 2 (Bangalore Mirror): Following in the footsteps of journalist Vir Sanghvi and lawyer Prashant Bhushan, who got a ‘clean chit’ from foreign experts in ‘Radiagate’ and ‘Amargate’, Swami Nithyananda had hired a US expert to prove that the video tapes showing him engaging in sex with a woman were fake.

The expert’s report may or may not help Nithyananda in the charges against him that include rape, carnal intercourse, cheating and destruction of evidence.

Edward J Primeau, who has testified in many court cases in the US, has concluded that the video is “not genuine and authentic. It is not a representation of facts and events as they occurred. Furthermore, the video appears to be layered and not a composite video. As a video forensic expert, I recommend that this video be excluded from any factual relevance to the events that appear to be happening”. Primeau’s report is, however, not the last word. The police have a report from a government lab stating that the video is genuine.

The tape was made public by Nithyananda’s driver, Lenin Karuppan (Dharmananda). It was telecast by a Tamil television channel, leading to a spate of cases against Swami Nithyananda who spent 50 days in prison. The cases were transferred to Karnataka as it was believed that the video was shot in the swami’s ashram at Bidadi near Bangalore. The high court stayed the telecast of the video following a petition by an actress who was suspected of being the woman with Nithyananda.

Interestingly, the police are not using the video as evidence.

Nithyananda’s advocate KV Dhananjay said, “The video was mentioned in the FIR. The report of the Central Forensic Science Laboratory (CFSL) on the video is also part of the charge sheet. However, the CD containing the video was not provided to the defence as the prosecution did not want to rely on it during the trial.”

Police sources said they are yet to take a final decision on using the tape during the trial.

A police source said, “The charge sheet was filed on November 23, 2010. Many developments have taken place since then.” Handing over the CD would be just a formality, which could happen any time before the trial begins, they said.

Dhananjay said, “The police made a reference to the CFSL report in the charge sheet, but seem reluctant to use the video as evidence in court. The video is, therefore, irrelevant to the criminal proceedings against Swami Nithyananda. The public has to choose between the report of a government-owned laboratory and a highly reputed forensic expert from the United States of America. The fact that the police have chosen not to rely on the video should help them decide. The entire public opinion against Nithyananda Swami is built on an unquestioned belief in the video.”


The US Expert

Edward Primeau was an audio engineer and video director before working as a probation officer in a court in Michigan, USA. He is a registered investigator who testifies on the veracity of video evidence in US courts.

Comment on this article

  • Ravi, New Mumbai

    Tue, Sep 24 2013

    Now where are the Media not showing the truth. And Why people not accepting this. Now this is all money ?Why when he was alleged falsly that wasnt bribe or what. You people dont understand

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  • Manish Joshi, Bangalore

    Fri, Sep 6 2013

    Here are my contributions:-
    1. Most of the guys commenting about negative about Nityananda have christian or muslim names.
    2. @Jossey: If somebody is not in news doesn't mean he disappeared. Did you go and check in his ashram?

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  • venkatesan, kumbakonam

    Tue, Dec 13 2011

    no body want to hear,learn good things bt when ever there is a negative news,i dont knw frm wher they ar comming....hey guys jus surrender to him now itself...yu will hav his blessings....or jus shut yr mouth...,om hreem nithyanandaya namaha,nithyanandam,be blissful

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  • induja, india

    Tue, Dec 6 2011

    om hreem nithyanandaya namaha!!!without knowing about a great enlightenmented master dont utter words...either u follow him or if u dont like just get away from him...just shut your mouth orelse the existence have to play its role on you!!!

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  • Gerald, modankap - bantval

    Fri, Dec 2 2011

    HE IS A BLACK DOT FOR MAJORITY.

    DisAgree [26] Agree [23] Reply Report Abuse

  • Jossey Saldanha, Mangalore/Mapusa/ Mumbai

    Fri, Dec 2 2011

    If Nitya is clean then why did he disappear?

    DisAgree [33] Agree [37] Reply Report Abuse

  • doddanna, Damaskatte/Abudhabi

    Fri, Dec 2 2011

    CONGRATULATIONS SWAMIJI. IF YOU ARE INNOCENT YOUR ACCUSERS SHOULD BE PUNISHED. SEND THEM TO A HOLY PLACE AND MAKE THEM TO SWEAR TO GODS AND THEN LET US SEE WHO IS REALLY INNOCENT. BUT I AM HAPPY THAT YOU ARE INNOCENT. GOD BLESS YOUR WORKS OF CHARITY.

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  • John, Mangalore

    Fri, Dec 2 2011

    Namo Nityanada nmo namaha.All those were spitting will shut their mouth now.

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  • Melvin, Mangalore

    Fri, Dec 2 2011

    How much bribe paid to the US expert Edward Primeau, Nithyabhoga Swamiji?

    DisAgree [37] Agree [21] Reply Report Abuse

  • Rajesh , manglaore

    Fri, Dec 2 2011

    good for him and for us.. people now dont talk about religion here let bygones be bygones .. every religion has crooks ... bible says look into the dust in your own eye before pointing out at someone else...

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  • Dave, Mangalore

    Fri, Dec 2 2011

    PAID SERVICE- to give CLEAN CHIT.

    Just like Pharma companies paying(funding) universities to research & come to(authenticate), their findings as right, thereby creating market for their products.
    Well Done SWAMI!

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  • vasant raj, udupi/Abudhabi

    Fri, Dec 2 2011

    Now the same people who abused Nithyananda, will praise him & will become his followers...

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  • JAMES, mangalore

    Fri, Dec 2 2011

    IT'S ORIGINAL OR FAKE WHATEVER...

    THIS IS THE REALITY WHICH IS HAPPENING TODAY...

    OUR GREAT RELIGIOUS LEADERS FORGET THEIR DUTIES AND STARTED TO ENJOY THEIR LIFE LIKE A COMMON MAN..

    IT'S HAPPENING IN ALL THE RELIGIONS....

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  • Gerald, modankap - bantval

    Fri, Dec 2 2011

    WHO CARES ??????????. THE COLGATE COMPANY SHOULD HAVE TAKEN HIS AS MODEL !!!!! JAI HOOO. ANOTHER "BHORI BASAVA"

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  • Gangadhar Shastry, USA

    Fri, Dec 2 2011

    He was clearly paid to say like this. It wont affect him.

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  • ISMAIL.K.PERINJE, PERINJE-YANBU/KSA

    Fri, Dec 2 2011

    Money can buy anything in India!Manners make the man and Nityananda may bring more fabricated evidences to get rid of this ugly episode.However,the "KALANKA" will not fade away that easy!

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