Karunanidhi kept quite: Jaggi Vasudev charged with murder in 1997
The following is the Indian Express report as appearing on October 12, 1997 about Police registering a case of murder by Jaggi Vasudev:
|Coimbatore, Oct, 11: Close on the heels of scandals relating to fake godmen getting exposed, yet another ashram from Coimbatore is in the limelight with Jaggi Vasudev aliash Jagadeesh of Isha Yoga ashram at Poondi near Coimbatore, being charged with the murder of his wife Viji alias Vijayakumari.A team of police personnel recently visited the premises of Isha Ashram at poondi and interrogated the inmates of the ashram. Godman Jaggi is away in the US.(He is known as Jagadguru Jaggi Vasudev in US)According to police, T. S. Ganganna of Bangalore (father of Viji) had preferred a complaint with the Bangalore Police suspecting foul play in the death of his daughter Viji.
The complaintant had stated that his daughter left him last on June 15, 1996. He reportedly received a message on January 23, 1997, from Jaggi Vasudev, stating that Viji was no more.
Ganganna said that Jaggi Vasudev had hurriedly completed the cremation on Jan.24 even before they could rush from Bangalore, raising suspicion about the nature of death.
He suspected death due to poisoning or strangulation.
According to him, Jaggi Vasudev could have caused the death of Viji to facilitate his illicit relationship with yet another inmate of the ashram.
Based on the complaint of Ganganna to the Bangalore City Police on Aug. 12, a case was registered.The Bangalore City Police transferred it to the Coimbatore Rural Police.
The Coimbatore Rural Police have registered a case against Jaggi Vasudev under Section 302 of IPC (murder) and IPC 201 (suppression of evidence).
Isha Yoga Foundatrion has denied reports that Jaggi Vasudev had fled to USA to avoid investigation of ashram.
Authorised Signatory of Ashram Kiran stated that Guruji had gone for giving lectures . ENS
But nothing is known to the Public or citizens of Tamilnadu or Karnatka. Incidentally, just after the arrest of Sanaracharya, a Catholic priest was arrested in Kanyakumari area for murder, rape etc.,
Though, initially reports appeared in newspapers, totally there was silence in the media. In fact, about Jaggi nothing came in any TV-Channel, as compared to wide, prolonged and repeated coverage of Sankarachrya.
No eminent writer, actress or any other complained or gave interview in SUN or UDAY TV.
And Karunanidhi – oh, it did not concern at all. He never comented after reading newspaper said the episode reminded him of the saying, “if a virtuous woman commits a sin she can cleanse herself by having a dip in the Ganges but where will she go seeking atonement if the holy river itself is polluted?” Why, obviously.
Because, Jaggi was not arrested! No agitation announced urging the government to arrest.
On November 13, 2002, he said laws should be enacted to curb fake godmen mushrooming. Those who introduced such laws must have a progressive outlook and a commitment to rid society of superstition. Awareness should be created among the people to end frauds committed in the name of god, religion and spirituality. The heads of mutts should not misuse religious symbols to cover up their wrongdoings, he said.
“We wish that the trial is conducted in a fair manner without any interference. Let us wait and see how things take their course” was his reply to a question on apprehensions raised, considering the Sankaracharya”s “political influence.”
On reports of persons holding high offices visiting the Mutt to show their proximity to the Sankaracharya, Mr. Karunanidhi said it was unfair that constitutional functionaries such as the President were made to stand before religious heads.
How then, he accommodated a charge-sheeted and murder accused person, sat with him?
Before Indian law also, like Karunanidhi, the Saints are discriminated by religion ad ideology?
Can the Law and judiciary be ideologized? Yes, naturally, when atheist or Communist or Communalist Judges are appointed by the Politicians, how they would deliver judgments?
How Reverence changes from Jaggi to Sankaracharya?
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Jaggi charged with Murder, Indian Express article of Oct 11, 1997:
Interview in Jan. 2004 with EVOLVE magazine: excerpts below
QUESTION: Sadhguru, can you tell me a little about yourself? From what lineage or tradition do you come?
JAGGI VASUDEV: Fundamentally, I don’t come from any particular tradition as such. It is from inner experience that I come. But, if I look at it now, I’m a part of every tradition in the world . whatever the traditions have become over a period of time, that’s different.
P.S. Jaggi never admitted that he comes from a Hindu lineage, neither was he ever cleared of murder charges because he left India. Jaggi is presently in USA and his Isha Foundation is prospering in these cities:
Atlanta, Georgia : 404-248-0026
Chicago, Illinois : 847-452-7902
Cincinnati, Ohio : 513-231-5679
Columbus, Ohio : 614-208-6189
Dayton, Ohio : 937-429-0320
Detroit, Michigan : 248-601-6362
Los Angeles, California: 714-469-9239
Memphis, Tennessee : 901-755-2781
Nashville, Tennessee: 615-731-9893
New England :
New Jersey : 732 859 9958
New York : 516-801-2530
Peoria, Illinois : 309-657-0682
Phoenix, Arizona : 480-946-3645
San Francisco, California : 408-873-4892
Seattle, Washington : 425-677-4866
Tampa, Florida : 813-413-1661
Washington, DC : 703-731-1194