Kochi: The Ernakulam chief judicial magistrate has asked the police to file a case against Gale Tredwell and some media outfits for reporting about Tredwell’s book “Holy Hell: A Memoir of Faith, Devotion, and Pure Madness,” which contained some shocking revelations about Mata Amritanandamayi Mutt.
Magistrate Sam Kumar Raghavan on Monday asked the police to charge three tv channels -- IndiaVision, MediaOne and Reporter – and two newspapers –Madhyamam and Tejas -- for “hurting religious sentiments.”
The order comes in response to a complaint lodged by the mutt against the media outfits that carried excerpts from the book by Tredwell, a former disciple of Mata Amritanandamayi.
The book, published last year, accused Amritanandamayi of debauchery, violence and stashing away money donated by followers in foreign banks.
The other accused parties in the case include the publishers of Tredwell’s book “Holy Hell: A Memoir of Faith, Devotion, and Pure Madness,” Deepak Prakash, who moved the Supreme Court to file a case against the Mutt over the revelations in the book, and Jama’at-e-Islami, which is the tenth accused.
The Mutt had also initiated legal proceedings against People TV and Kairali TV for telecasting an interview with Gale Tredwell.