Bhubaneswar: Fresh FIR against Yoga Ashram head

A Danish national has filed a fresh first information report

BHUBANESWAR: Swami Shankarananda Giri, the head of Kriya Yoga Ashram and founder of Prabhujee English Medium School at VSS Nagar, Bhubaneswar, is in trouble.

A Danish national has filed a fresh first information report against him accusing him of duping him of Rs 3 crore.

Allen, the Danish national, had lodged an FIR against Giri in 2010 charging him of defrauding him and threatening him with life when he demanded his money back. But he said no action was taken by the police against the influential Baba.

The incident adds to the long list of self-proclaimed godmen in the state to invite media spotlight in the recent past for carrying out illegal and immoral activities in the garb of spiritualism.

Giri has been accused of grabbing about four acres of government land at various locations in Bhubaneswar to set up a chain of Kriya Yoga ashrams in the city.

Besides, there are allegations of sexual misdemeanour against him and his close associate Kalikananda Giri.

Shankarananda Giri was, on Wednesday morning, spotted in the company of a foreigner lady at a hotel in Chandikhol. He and a disciple of his were staying in Room No. 207 while the foreigner woman was staying in Room 209 of Mid-East Hotel in Chandikhol. They had checked into the hotel on August 31 evening, according to the register in the hotel.

As word spread about Shankarananda Giri staying in the hotel, a large crowd of curious onlookers from the area, who had seen his visuals on TV last night, gathered outside the hotel. However, Giri and the foreign lady managed to leave for Bhubaneswar from the place in a Toyota Innova car.

( Source : deccan chronicle )
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