SELF styled Godman Sarathi Baba arrested in his den

Kolkata: Self STYLED Goodman Sarathi Baba has been nabbed by the Odisha Police on receipt of several complaints of cheating and other charges and after violent protest demanding action against him for his alleged misdeeds. He was arrest after grilling him for over 10 hours at his ashram at Barimula in Kendrapara district and later at the Crime Branch’s headquarters at Cuttack. He was put under arrest this morning, Crime Branch ADG BK Sharma said.

SELF styled Sarathi Baba arrested in his den

Sarathi has been booked under various section of IPC including 420 (cheating), 120(B) criminal conspiracy and 341 (wrongful restraint) as well under the Arms Act and SC/ST Act.
He is at the centre of a controversy after a TV channel showing his images with a woman who posed as his wife at a Hyderabad hotel. It also claimed that he had spent a week with his so-called wife. Sarathi, however, denied the allegation and threatened the TV channel to take legal action against.
A crime Branch’s team reached Sarathi’s ashram yesterday and quizzed the controversial Goodman, besides conducting a thorough search of the sprawling premises, police said. Some documents, cash, silver, gold and other materials were recovered during the search. The sleuths came across some bank accounts, photographs and CCTV footage during the operation and these were being examined, they said.
Prolonged agitation against Sarathi had rocked Kendrapara town yesterday with people involved in pitched battles with police.Prohibitory orders under Section 144 of CrCP were clamped in the area, SP Satish Gajbhiye was shifted from Kendrapara and Nitinjit Singh replaced him.
Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik had already ordered a crime branch probe into the charges against Sarathi.BJP today demanded a court-monitored investigation into the activities of Sarathi saying probe by the Crime Branch would yield no result since the culprit is very influential and know how to play with the law .State BJP President K V Singhdeo and senior leader Bijay Mohapatra also demanded immediate arrest of ex-SP of Kenrapara Satish Gajbhiye for alleged police excesses committed on those demanding his immediate arrest.
The local TV channel had aired images of the jeans-clad Sarathi Baba with the woman in a hotel in Hyderabad for week there with her.
Reasserting his celibacy, Sarathi Baba on Friday denied having any affair with the woman. He defended his right to wear T-shirts and jeans. “I sometimes wear normal clothes while travelling. What is wrong with it?” he asked.
Sarathi Baba also denied allegations that he had non-vegetarian food and alcohol during his stay in the hotel. Originally known as Santosh Kumar Raula, he had reportedly disappeared in 1985 to return seven years later as a spiritual guru. His devotees include legislators of the ruling Biju Janata Dal.
Opposition parties alleged that the BJD was protecting him. “The state government was covering up his misdeeds because he controls a huge vote bank,” senior BJP leader Bijay Mohapatra said.