Centre deepens worry for Baba Ramdev;unleash CBI, I-T on him

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New Delhi, Jun 6: With the government managing to pack off Baba Ramdev to his ashram in Haridwar and swooping down on his fast plans in New Delhi, his troubles seem to increase with the CBI and Income Tax officials on their heels snooping on Baba's assets and transactions.

The two government agencies, CBI and I-T will look into the various companies, properties and audit accounts under his name and those of his associates. More particularly, under scrutiny are the 200 or so companies that are operating in the names of Ramdev and company namely Patanjali Ayurved Limited, Divya Pharmacy Yog, Aarogya Herbs, Jharkhand Mega Food Park, Divya Packmaf, Vedic Aasthabhajan Broadcasting, Dynamic Buildcom and Patanjali Bio-research Institute.

The work has been initiated on the investigation since Jun 3 with Ramdev's close aide Acharya Balakrishna holding the position of Director in 34 companies and Mukta Nand, at the helm of affairs as Director in 11 companies. The possible charges that the companies could face are violating licensing rules, use of unapproved drugs and misbranding products. The issue gained prominence when recent reports emerged that Ramdev's medicines contained human bones and animal parts, a fact that could not be substantiated.

Also under watch is the land in Haridwar on which the ashram Patanjali Yogpeeth stands. The ownership of the land is currently being contested in court. An unidentified source said, “It was fraudulently sold to Balkrishna and hence the registration/mutation of the said land (no 231) is challengeable to restoration. …similarly, all the property which belonged to mahant Rajendra Das should have been given to next mahant Mahendra Das which was, by fraud, registered in the name of Balkrishnan/Patanjali Yogpeeth."

The court's decision on the case could be crucial in the transparency claims made by Ramdev earlier. Acharya Balkrishna's passport is also under the scanner and a check on whether he has more than one passport.

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