Akhil Bharatiya Akhara Parishad has released a list of fake babas, which includes Asaram, Radhe Maa, Gurmeet Ram Rahim, Narayan Sai, Nirmal Baba and Om Baba during a meeting held in Baghambari Gaddi Math, Allahbad on Sunday.
Akhara Parishad president Mahant Narendra Giri said, “This is a list of people who are misleading people in the name of religion. Such babas should be put in jail and their property should be seized.”
The Akhara Parishad has released a list of 14 people.
- Asaram Bapu alias Asumal Shirmani
- Radhe Maa alias Sukhwinder Kaur
- Sachchidanad Giri aka Sachin Datta
- Gurmeet Singh Sacha Dera Sirsa
- Om Baba alias Vivekanand Jha
- Nirmal Baba alias Nirmaljit Singh
- Yashadhari Bhimanand alias Shivamurthy Dwivedi
- Swami Aseemanand
- Om Namaha Shivaya Baba
- Narayan Sai
- Swami Vishal
- Malkhan Giri
Mechanism to award saint title will be made
All India Akhara Parishad has said that a mechanism will be prepared to give the title of saint.
Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) Joint General Secretary Surendra Jain said, “The Akhara Parishad believes that because of misdeeds of just one or two religious leaders, the entire community was being shown in a bad light. Now the title will be given under a process”.
Narendra Giri received death threats
On Saturday, a day before the Akhara Parishad’s meeting, Narendra Giri spoke about receiving the death threat of being killed over phone. He has lodged an FIR against unknown person in Daraganj police station, Allahabad.
Giri told the media that in the last 3 days he is getting threats calls of killing him. The caller described himself as Asaram’s disciple who is in jail in a rape case. Three different mobile numbers have been used for phone threats.
What charges fake babas are facing?
Dera chief Ram Rahim and Asaram Bapu are already lodged in jails and facing charges of rape. While another self-style godman Rampal from Haryana is also lodged in Hisar district jail and facing many cases.
Earlier this month, the Haryana and Punjab high Court ordered the Punjab Police to file a FIR on Radhe Maa, aka Sukhvinder Kaur, a spiritual leader based in Borivali suburb of Mumbai, in a case. Radhe Maa poses herself as an incarnation of a Hindu goddess.
Nirmal Baba is a famous spiritual leader on the TV and has many followers. He was slapped with over Rs 3 crore tax evasion charges in February 2014 and the Allahabad High Court has also ordered information and broadcast ministry to probe Nirmal Baba’s TV programmes, which allegedly encourages superstition and black magic.
Narayan Sai, son of Asaram Bapu, is also facing many charges, including molestation. He owns properties and investments of over Rs 5,000 crores and is presently lodged under judicial custody.
The move by the top body of Hindu religious leaders was prompted by the recent rape conviction and jailing of Gurmeet Singh Ram Rahim, the head of Dera Sacha Sauda, a quasi- religious body based in Sirsa in Haryana.