Wednesday, December 30, 2009
Litigant Guru of Gwinnett, Georgia Loses Lawsuit
report in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Apparently Fulton County, Georgia Superior Court Judge Kimberly M. Esmond Adams dismissed the Gwinnett County, Georgia Guru's defamation lawsuit against Gita Kotecha and Basant Tariyal, two leaders in the local Hindu community who criticized Dr. Commander Selvam on a local news show. The defendants said that "Annamalai, who charges fees of hundreds or thousands of dollars for prayer services and horoscope readings -- gives Hindu priests a bad name and does not represent the Hindu faith." The Superior Court not only dismissed the Guru's lawsuit but Judge Adams imposed $11,000 in sanctions against both the guru and his attorney. Apparently this lawsuit is one of dozens the guru has filed against former followers and critics.