New Delhi: Nearly a decade after he gave a slip to enforcement agencies, law finally caught up with seer Durgesh Maharaj of Badrinath, who in his earlier avatar of a postal agent had allegedly duped people of Rs 2.63 crore by selling forged Kisan Vikas Patras.
A team of CBI officials arrested Durjodhan Mishra aka Durgesh Maharaj who was living in Badrinath as a seer.
Madhubani-resident Drujodhan Mishra had settled in Hatgachia, Kolkata with his wife and kids in search of greener postures somewhere in 1990s working as agent for postal instruments like Kisan Vikas Patra etc.
CBI sources said Mishra came in contact with a postal assistant in Kolkata and with one more accomplice he allegedly issued 263 forged Kisan Vikas Patra worth Rs 2.63 crore.
The money collected from gullible investors was allegedly pocketed by the trio, CBI has said.
It was in 2004 that CBI took on the investigations which revealed the nexus between the three. By that time, Mishra had allegedly eloped with his family from Kolkata.
The agency launched a major campaign to nab the absconders in various cases and traced Mishra's family to Jodhpur where they had settled but there was no sign of Mishra.
CBI sleuths kept 24 hour surveillance on Mishra's family only to know that his wife gets regular calls in night from two numbers located in Badrinath. Both the numbers were issued in the name of women in Uttarakhand.
Tracking the numbers, the agency officials camouflaged as 'bhakts' and reached Badrinath.