Police questioning some persons for links with 'godman'



New Delhi: Police is probing the involvement of a few people for their alleged links with a self-styled 'godman', arrested for running a multi-crore sex racket here.

Investigators are busy collecting evidence and corroborating evidence against 39-year-old Shiv Murti Dwivedi alias Ichchadhari Sant Swami Bhimanandji Maharaj ‘Chitrakoot waale’.

"We are investigating the role of a few people who were associated with Dwivedi and helped him running his business. We have also questioned some. Though we have not apprehended anyone, we may make some arrest," a senior police official said today.

He said they were corroborating the evidence they collected against Dwivedi who was arrested last month with some women, allegedly part of the sex trade he operated.

However, none of the girls have told police that Dwivedi forced them into prostitution, he said.

The police remand of Dwivedi ends tomorrow and he is likely to be produced in court.

Police say Dwivedi earned money through real estate, money lending, prostitution, and by conducting special religious programmes.

An FIR under MCOCA has been registered at Saket Police station against him.

After his activities were exposed, police found out Dwivedi had a cave-like structure in a temple in south Delhi's Khanpur area.

Giving details of his rags to riches story, police said Dwivedi started working as a security guard at a five star Hotel in Nehru Place and later shifted to a massage parlour in Lajpat Nagar. He later expanded his business.

PTI