Balkrishna case: CBI to send request to Nepal



New Delhi: The CBI will soon send a judicial request to Nepal seeking details of yoga guru Ramdev's aide Acharya Balkrishna in connection with a case of furnishing fake documents to get an Indian passport.

CBI sources said they are in the process of finalising the Letters Rogatory to be sent to Nepal so that details about the nationality of Balkrishna could be ascertained.

Sources said through the Letters Rogatory, a judicial request from the court of one country to the court of another to get requisite information, the CBI may ask for material to test the veracity of claims made by Balkrishna during questioning by CBI authorities.

The CBI has registered a case against him under IPC Sections 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), they said.

The agency had also approached the External Affairs Ministry seeking revocation of Balkrishna's passport as the educational degrees submitted by him have been found to be fake, they said.

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

The Uttarakhand High Court has granted stay on the arrest of Balkrishna after he moved challenging the CBI case against him. The next hearing will take place on November 29.

Registrar of the University Rajnish Shukla had told the CBI that the number mentioned by Balkrishna in his degree did not match with the varsity records and the enrolment numbers indicated in the fudged documents belong to another 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 that the vice-chancellor has described the documents as fake.

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.

PTI