Kerala Police confirm Interpol notice against Swami

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Kochi, May 9 (UNI) Kerala police today confirmed that an Interpol lookout notice had been issued against Swami Amritananthachaithanya alias Santhosh Madhavan, whose guest house premises were raided by police here yesterday.

Senior police officials told UNI while no incriminating documents had been found during the raid on the 'Shantitheeram' guest house, it had been confirmed that an Interpol lookout notice had been issued against Santosh Madhavan and his accomplice Saif Ali Khan for allegedly cheating an Indian woman in UAE of 400,000 Dirhams in 2004.

''As there is no extradition treaty between India and the UAE and both the accused and the victim are Indian nationals, the case will have to be tried in a court in India. As and when a court in India requires Santosh Madhavan alias Swami Amritananthachaithanya's presence in court, we will take further action,'' the police officials said.

While stating that the police had not received any complaint against the swami and had conducted the raid following media reports, the officials did not rule out the possibility of summoning the swami for questioning.

In the meanwhile, the controversial swami surfaced today and claimed in an interview to a local television channel that he had not defrauded anyone. He claimed that a section of the media had raked up the issue to tarnish his image.

Admitting that the photograph and details on the Interpol website were his, the swami however said that he had not received any notice from any authority. He said that he had met senior CBI and police officials here a few days ago to find out what he was supposed to do. He said he was present in his house during the raid on the guest house owned by his 'Shantitheeram Trust'.

The swami however claimed that a lookout notice against one Santosh Madhavan on the CBI website for possession of sophisticated arms was not for him. While the date of birth of the accused given on the CBI website was 1960, the swami claimed that he was born in 1973. He also claimed that the photograph on the CBI website was not his.

Stating that he hailed from a poor background and had made it good in life on the basis of 'tantravidya' and knowledge of astrology, the swami said in the television interview that he had gone abroad a few times on the invitation of people seeking astrological advice.

He admitted that the 'Shantitheeram Trust' had purchased property in a few places in Kerala including the guest house here. While filmstars and other celebrities had come to him for advice, he did not have any close friends among politicians or top police brass, he said.

The special branch police had yesterday raided the 'Shantitheeram' guest house following media reports about the swami's criminal antecedents.

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