CHENNAI: The Madras high court has restrained controversial godman Swami Nithyananda from functioning as the head of four temple mutts in and around Tiruvarur.
The judge granted an interim stay on Nithyananda continuing as the Madadhipathi of Somanatha Swami Temple and Mutt at Thiruvarur, Sri Po Ka Sathukkal Mutt at Vedaranyam, Sri Arunachal Gnanadesikar Swamigal, Sri Palasamy and Sankarasamy Mutt, Thiruvarur, and issued notice to him returnable by March 14.
The order was passed on Tuesday on a civil revision petition by Salem-based Sarada Niketan Samithi Trust members, including Swami Atmananda, who are also trustees of the four mutts.
Originally, Nithyananda filed a suit before the Nagapattinam subcourt seeking a declaration from it that he was the head of these mutts and Athmananda and others were non-trustees. He had also sought a relief of injunction restraining Athmananda from interfering in the administration and meddling with the properties of the mutts.
Athmananda in his petition submitted that Nithyananda had approached them and provided false assurance that he will improve the four mutts. But under the guise of making a donation of Rs 2 crore for the mutts, Nithyanananda filed a suit as if he was the administrator and tried to grab the properties by one way or other.
Stating that the suit was not maintainable and that they were the managing trustees and administrator of the above mentioned mutts, Athmananda and two others prayed before the high court to stay all further proceedings in the matter before the principal subcourt.
Source: Times of India