//Court summoned Hindu astrologer for predicting long life for a dead man

Court summoned Hindu astrologer for predicting long life for a dead man

3 Mar, 2007, Times of India Report based on PTI

MADURAI: An astrologer in Tamil Nadu has landed himself in trouble with a court summoning him to appear for allegedly predicting a long life for a dead man.

A judicial magistrate court in Sirkazhi, about 200 km from here, on Friday summoned Sivasamy of Vaitheeswarankovil, who practices 'naadi jothidam', on a cheating complaint by one Gopalakrishnan.

Under the method, predictions are based on ancient palm leave manuscripts, said to have been written by Tamil saint Agasthiyar. The manuscript with predictions for a particular person is located based on the thumb impression.

Gopalakrishnan said he had recently approached Sivasamy, who runs a centre at Vaitheeswarankovil, near Sirkazhi, home to 'naadi' astrology, and gave his thumb impression.

The astrologer picked up a manuscript and read out the predictions. The predictions were also given in writing on payment of Rs 2,000. But, the predictions were false, he claimed.

As a test case, he then gave the thumb impression of a person, who died in 2003, to the astrologer and paid the fee. The astrologer gave in writing that the person, whose thumb impression was given, would have a long life.

Seeking action against the astrologer, Gopalakrishnan in his complaint said he did not want another person to be cheated like him.

Judicial Magistrate Neelavathy posted the case to March 21.