CBI registers case against Ramdev's aide



New Delhi: The CBI on Sunday registered a case against yoga guru Ramdev's close aide Balkrishna for allegedly furnishing fake educational degree for getting a passport.

The case has been registered under section 420 (cheating) and 120-B (criminal conspiracy) for procuring the fake degree and violation of section 12 of the Indian Passport Act (knowingly furnishing false documents for getting passport), CBI officials said.

A lookout notice has also been issued against Balkrishna.

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

The Registrar of the University Rajnish Shukla told the agency that the number mentioned by Balkrishna in his degree did not match with the University records and the enrolment numbers indicated in the fudged documents belong to a different student.

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 university's records, he said.

The documents show Krishna Sanskrit Mahavidyalaya, an affiliate of the university, as the issuing authority, Shukla said, adding the Vice-Chancellor has described the documents as fake.

CBI had taken all the documents from the Bareilly Passport Office after the agency registered a Preliminary Enquiry (PE) to probe whether Balkrishna had acquired the passport using forged documents.

The charges have been denied by Ramdev-controlled Patanjali Yogapeeth Trust. "Balkrishna's passport is valid. He got his passport about 12-13 years back. Why is the government now raising questions about it," Trust spokesperson SK Tijarawala had said earlier.

Besides questions being raised about his nationality, Balkrishna is under the scanner of the central investigating and law enforcement agencies for allegedly acquiring wealth worth several crores of rupees.

Meanwhile, Balkrishna refuted allegations that he had furnished fake educational degree for getting a passport.

"There is no reason that I have to acquire fake degree. I neither sought any government job nor did I need this for popularity," he said in Haridwar.

"Is this conspiracy of defaming me not clear enough to show that this fight is not for truth or untruth, but just the malicious intention of people in power who want to end this mission?" Balkrishna remarked.

PTI