Today:- Controversial self-styled ‘godman’ Sarathi Baba was today arrested by Odisha police on cheating and other charges following violent protests demanding action against him for his alleged escapades.
The arrest came after over 10 hours of intense grilling at his ashram at Barimula in Kendrapara district since yesterday and later at crime branch headquarters at Cuttack.
He was put under arrest this morning, crime branch ADG BK Sharma said.
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.
The self-styled ‘Godman’ has been at the centre of a controversy after a TV channel showed pictures alleging that he had spent two days with a woman, who posed as his wife, at a Hyderabad hotel. Sarathi, however, denied the charge and threatened to take legal action against the TV channel.
A crime branch team, which reached Sarathi’s ashram yesterday, quizzed the Godman, besides conducting a thorough search of the sprawling premises, police said, adding some documents, cash, silver, gold and other materials were recovered during search.