வருமான வரித்துறையினர் மதுரை ஆதீனத்தில் ஒரு கோடி ரூபாய், தங்கக் கிரீடம் குறித்து விசாரணை.
Income tax officials 5-5-2012 conducted a raid at the Madurai Adheenam (mutt) which has been in the limelight following the appointment of the controversial self-styled god man Nityananda as head of the 1500-year-old Saivaite Mutt.
Officials, who entered the mutt on 5-52012 morning, sealed all exit points and started checking the strong room. Officials said they were conducting the raid on orders from their Delhi counterparts and they had seized some documents and cash but declined to give details.
They assessed the value of the "golden" crown and "golden" throne, which was brought to the mutt before appointment of Nityananda as the 293rd mutt head besides the jewellery in the mutt premises, IT officials said.
Mutt officials said rent collected from various shopping complex buildings was nominal, and their accounts were audited both by the Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments department and their own auditors. They said the Adheenam (mutt head) would be offered "Padakanikai" (money given by devotees),which was exempted from Income Tax.
Nityananda's appointment as Mutt head on April 27 has triggered a controversy with many religious leaders and political outfits protesting against it.
Nityananda, had already landed in a controversy after a video footage showing him in a compromising position with an actress was telecast by local TV channels in March 2010. He was arrested on Apr 21, 2010 from Solan in Himachal Pradesh and granted bail on June 11, 2010 by the Karnataka High Court.
The raid could be a follow up to the statement made in a press conference by Nityananda that he had given Rs one crore to Madurai Adheenam as donation and a further donation would be made during the ‘kanakabishekam' of the senior mutt head.
It is better for Nithyananda to go to Bidadi Ashram and look after his own religious duties without inviting any further controversy activities in Madurai Adheenam.