CBI arrest Baba Ramdev’s aide Balkrishna in fake document case

Saturday, July 21, 2012
Dehradun: Yoga guru Baba Ramdev’s aide Balkrishna was on Friday arrested by the CBI after the special court issued a non-bailable warrant against him in an alleged fake document case, said CBI sources.  

It is remarkable that the arrest has come at a time when Baba Ramdev is all set to start a fresh round of agitation against corruption and black money issue from August 9 at the Ramlila ground in New Delhi.

Earlier on July 10, the agency had registered a case against Balkrishna, who is reportedly a Nepalese national, in a case relating to alleged submission of alleged fake and forged documents to obtain an Indian passport.

The agency has alleged that Balkrishna along with the then Principal of Sanskrit Mahavidayala, Naresh Chand Dwivedi, had conspired to issue the yoga guru's aide fake educational certificates which he used to obtain the passport. The Mahavidayala is located in Khurja, Uttar Pradesh.

The agency has booked the duo under IPC sections related to criminal conspiracy, cheating and forgery. Balkrishna also faces an additional charge for the alleged violation of the Passport Act. 

The agency had alleged that its investigation had established that the accused, in connivance with the co-accused, had furnished false information and submitted fake and forged High School and graduation certificates to the passport authorities for obtaining the document. 

Meanwhile, the agency had also made a judicial request to Nepal government asking it to ascertain Balkrishna's nationality but no response has come so far, CBI sources said here. 

The decision to register the case against Balkrishna was taken after Sampurna Nand Sanskrit University denied ever having him on its rolls. 

Notably, the case against Balkrishna was registered after Sampurna Nand Sanskrit University denied ever having him on its rolls. 

Registrar of the university Rajnish Shukla had told the CBI that Balkrishna's two degrees 'Purv Madhyma', a high school degree issued in 1991, and 'Shastri', a Sanskrit degree in 1996, don't figure in the varsity's records. 

He had said the CBI had matched records which showed that the enrolment numbers mentioned in the fudged documents belong to a different student. 

A CBI team went to the Patanjali Yogpeeth Ashram in Haridwar and whisked away Balkrishna to some unknown destination amid protests by workers of the ashram. 

The CBI team took away Balkrishna in a private vehicle. 
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