Asaram, Sai have vast land holdings, properties worth Rs 10,000 cr: Surat police

Ahmedabad | Updated: February 5, 2014 6:04 pm

Self-styled godman Asaram has accumulated wealth to the tune of Rs 10,000 crore and vast tracts of land across the country, the value of which is yet to be assessed, the police said on Thursday.

“The scrutiny of documents recovered has established that wealth of Asaram’s ashrams in the form of bank accounts and other investments, including shares, debentures and government bonds (excluding land), is valued at Rs 9,000-Rs 10,000 crore,” Commissioner of Police Rakesh Asthana told reporters.

“The value of land has not been included in the assessment of Rs 10,000 crore,” he said and added that the figure could escalate as many more documents are still to be retrieved.

The city police have informed the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT), the Income-Tax (IT) department and Enforcement Directorate for further probe.

Asaram and Sai are facing sexual assault cases and are in judicial custody. Sai also faces a case under the Prevention of Corruption Act. Police said the papers show that investments were made not only in India but also abroad.

Surat police had carried out raids in a house owned by Narayan Sai in Ahmedabad on October 26 and 27 and recovered large number of documents related to land, financial investments and business loans. These were packed in 42 bags and brought to Surat. The officials had also recovered six hard discs and a CPU.

After two-and-a-half months of scrutiny process by the police along with a chartered accountant, the police found cash investments, land deal documents and evidence of violations of foreign exchange in the transactions.

Asthana said, “The documents reveal that Asaram and Sai hold land at 45 places across 10 districts in Gujarat. They also own land at 33 places across eight districts Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh. Apart from the two, land was owned in the names of Kaushik Wani, Bhadresh Patel, Ajay Shah, Ajay Sharma, Kailash Dobhi, Sunil Sewani, Ganga and Jamna.”

These documents have been recovered from one place and it is not known whether they used to keep papers in any other place, Asthana said.

The police also recovered balance sheet from the CPU and hard disks containing details of money loaned at interest to various business houses. Police also recovered documents listing investments in Kisan Vikas Patra, promissory notes, mutual funds, bonds, securities, fixed deposits, investments in Unit Trust of India, LIC, etc. These investments are said to be worth Rs. 6000 crores, the police said.

The documents also reveal loans worth Rs. 200 crores given to foreign companies and cheque transactions in dollars, pounds, Canadian dollar, Euros, Dirhams, leading to suspicions of violation of Foreign Exchange Management Act (FEMA) and Prevention of Money Laundering Act.
(With inputs from PTI)

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    Hariom Sharma
    Jan 31, 2014 at 8:20 am
    Govt. officials and media is reporting bapuji and his organization has property worth 10,000 crore ,I bet they wont even buy it for half the price they estimated .Liars could not find anything against him in any case so they just started to evaluate his property .first of all property is not solely under their name , these property are given by their sadhaks with love to Bapuji and since he couldn't say no to his sadhaks and have no use for those things so registered them under a trust and the money come from the trust is used to help poor needy people gurukuls ,gosahalas etc like places and trying to help ,and save hindu dharm.
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      Dhiraj raj
      Feb 4, 2014 at 9:41 am
      Hamko nahi lagata hai ki Bapuji ke p itna paisa koi jyada hai kyonki bapuji ka Sevakarya pure world me chalta hai & kahi aisa bhi nahi hai ki Bapuji us paise ko galat use karte hai vo saare trust ke haatho me hai.....
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        Dhiraj raj
        Feb 4, 2014 at 9:41 am
        Hamko nahi lagata hai ki Bapuji ke p itna paisa koi jyada hai kyonki bapuji ka Sevakarya pure world me chalta hai & kahi aisa bhi nahi hai ki Bapuji us paise ko galat use karte hai vo saare trust ke haatho me hai.....
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          H C
          Feb 4, 2014 at 9:07 am
          For the last few days the newspapers are rife with reports of the ‘Ten thousand crore’ empire of Sant Asharamji Bapu. Well, I have got some questions regarding this;1) Who’re asking these questions?2) Is the news true at all?3) Considering it’s true,“Should it matter?”The police commissioner of Surat has gone on record saying that the net worth of Bapuji’s ets is Ten thousand crore rupees!!! Well, if the commissioner says so, I guess it must be true…But let’s recap for a moment:i. Did not the Gujarat High court castigate theSurat Police (headed by Commissioner Asthana) for illegally declaring Narayan Sai as an absconder? When in fact (as said by the High court), he was actually exercising his consutional rights ?ii. Also the Rohini District Court, Delhi ‘castigated’ Surat Police Commissioner Asthana for not bringing the necessary doents when the latter approached theRohini court. In fact, to everybody’s surprise, the respective Police wasn’t left with any other choice other than showing the required doents to the honourable Judge through their Mobile phone using WhatsApp!Another point to ponder over is: did Sant Asharamji Bapu, ever say or acknowledge about the aforesaid empire? This may sound stupid, but then does the media even have a ‘clean track record’ of sending the correct news without any bias? Haven’t we been getting ‘news’ of:Rape, “Absconding” Narayan Sai, “Suicide” by hundreds of girls in all Gurukuls ,Bholanand,Rahul Sachan, etc . This news later turned out to be false. Not to get into the details, but we have very well found that the media is not a ‘Neutral platform’ to be seeked out for “true” and “reliable” news.!Regarding the media, a former KGB intelligence officer has gone on record as saying that “The media has tremendous power and its used to form predetermined opinions in the mind of mes’ So this blows the lid off the trust worthiness of the Media , the Commissioner and relevant powers that be. Now let’s ume for a second that the accusations are true.My next question is should it even matter?a) Bapuji has 4-8 crore disciples. uming, Bapuji has on an average five crore disciples, then if each disciple donates Rs 2000/- (USD 35 ), over the course of 30 yrs, this amount would easily be reached. So wondering whether this amount should not be a question mark foranybody. The disciples have given that wealth out of free will and without any coercion and the money is on the name of a registered trust. So definitely it’s no one’s business as to why Sant Asharamji Bapu has so much wealth. It’s a matter of concern between the Registered Trust on whose name the money is and the Disciples. So ‘Hands off’ !b) Bapuji has used this money for everybody, but himself ! He has visited 600 locations on the repeated requests of his disciples for the purpose of giving“satsangs”(spiritual discourse) . During this time he preferred Car/Rail journey. When the travelling becamehectic, he started using Planes (here too he preferred ‘Economy cl’) and when even that became too much of a hectic he started using (on certain occasions) Helicopters (here too, the cost was borne by not him or the Ashram trust but by those who wanted to spendtime with him and the air-fare was less than that of an equivalent helicopter fare per person ! )c) For the last many decades Bapuji has been consistently been in the service to the mankind. Undertaking many charities and People empowerment initiatives! His various Sewa karyas (Charitable activities) spans various fields and have been utilised in improving the lives of milllions Pursuant to His Guidance and instructions, a number of sewa activities are conducted by ASHRAM / YOG VEDANTA SEWA SAMITI. There are more than 425 ashrams across the world serving the nation byspiritualism and holding meditation camps and more than 1400 samitis functional under aegis of Sant Shri Asharamji Bapu. There are more than 17,000 Bal Samsakara Kendras for inculcating good habits in children and more than 50 gurukuls across nation; projecting virtues in children, conducting a number of sewa activities, just to name a few of those:Rural developmentChildren empowermentFree meditation Shibirs/campsHealth care/mobile medical facilitiesDisaster ReliefNasha Mukti ProgramsYuva Sewa Sangh (Special Youth Programs)Mahila Utthaan Mandal (Women Empowerment) etc.“Ek Ghadi aadhi ghadi, aadhi mein puni aadh,Tulsi sangat sadh ki, hare koti apraadh”Now let me ask some questions to the “Media” & the "Public"i. The Pope of the Roman Catholic Church has his own Country , Castle,Various luxury cars, and travels with aplomb in various Private jets !ii. Money spent by the Roman Catholic church is used in religious conversion activities throughout the world in general and India in particular (please look up the ’10/40’ window and the ‘Joshua Project’, there are people praying for you to be released from the clutches of the ‘demon’ viz; Hinduism!) surpes millions of billions of dollars .iii. Mother Teresa advocated the poor to die in agony as she has famously said that ‘There is something beautiful, in the suffering of the poor and downtrodden as it reminds us of the suffering of Jesus Christ ! Although it’s worth mentioning that she has travelled the world to collect funds for ‘healing the poor anduntouchables of India’ , So it’s weird she did not use it to heal them. When she was ill, she visited the best of Medical insutions and splurged money for this . This part was never reported to us . Isn’t this spreading mis-information’ ?
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            H C
            Feb 4, 2014 at 9:07 am
            For the last few days the newspapers are rife with reports of the ‘Ten thousand crore’ empire of Sant Asharamji Bapu. Well, I have got some questions regarding this;1) Who’re asking these questions?2) Is the news true at all?3) Considering it’s true,“Should it matter?”The police commissioner of Surat has gone on record saying that the net worth of Bapuji’s ets is Ten thousand crore rupees!!! Well, if the commissioner says so, I guess it must be true…But let’s recap for a moment:i. Did not the Gujarat High court castigate theSurat Police (headed by Commissioner Asthana) for illegally declaring Narayan Sai as an absconder? When in fact (as said by the High court), he was actually exercising his consutional rights ?ii. Also the Rohini District Court, Delhi ‘castigated’ Surat Police Commissioner Asthana for not bringing the necessary doents when the latter approached theRohini court. In fact, to everybody’s surprise, the respective Police wasn’t left with any other choice other than showing the required doents to the honourable Judge through their Mobile phone using WhatsApp!Another point to ponder over is: did Sant Asharamji Bapu, ever say or acknowledge about the aforesaid empire? This may sound stupid, but then does the media even have a ‘clean track record’ of sending the correct news without any bias? Haven’t we been getting ‘news’ of:Rape, “Absconding” Narayan Sai, “Suicide” by hundreds of girls in all Gurukuls ,Bholanand,Rahul Sachan, etc . This news later turned out to be false. Not to get into the details, but we have very well found that the media is not a ‘Neutral platform’ to be seeked out for “true” and “reliable” news.!Regarding the media, a former KGB intelligence officer has gone on record as saying that “The media has tremendous power and its used to form predetermined opinions in the mind of mes’ So this blows the lid off the trust worthiness of the Media , the Commissioner and relevant powers that be. Now let’s ume for a second that the accusations are true.My next question is should it even matter?a) Bapuji has 4-8 crore disciples. uming, Bapuji has on an average five crore disciples, then if each disciple donates Rs 2000/- (USD 35 ), over the course of 30 yrs, this amount would easily be reached. So wondering whether this amount should not be a question mark foranybody. The disciples have given that wealth out of free will and without any coercion and the money is on the name of a registered trust. So definitely it’s no one’s business as to why Sant Asharamji Bapu has so much wealth. It’s a matter of concern between the Registered Trust on whose name the money is and the Disciples. So ‘Hands off’ !b) Bapuji has used this money for everybody, but himself ! He has visited 600 locations on the repeated requests of his disciples for the purpose of giving“satsangs”(spiritual discourse) . During this time he preferred Car/Rail journey. When the travelling becamehectic, he started using Planes (here too he preferred ‘Economy cl’) and when even that became too much of a hectic he started using (on certain occasions) Helicopters (here too, the cost was borne by not him or the Ashram trust but by those who wanted to spendtime with him and the air-fare was less than that of an equivalent helicopter fare per person ! )c) For the last many decades Bapuji has been consistently been in the service to the mankind. Undertaking many charities and People empowerment initiatives! His various Sewa karyas (Charitable activities) spans various fields and have been utilised in improving the lives of milllions Pursuant to His Guidance and instructions, a number of sewa activities are conducted by ASHRAM / YOG VEDANTA SEWA SAMITI. There are more than 425 ashrams across the world serving the nation byspiritualism and holding meditation camps and more than 1400 samitis functional under aegis of Sant Shri Asharamji Bapu. There are more than 17,000 Bal Samsakara Kendras for inculcating good habits in children and more than 50 gurukuls across nation; projecting virtues in children, conducting a number of sewa activities, just to name a few of those:Rural developmentChildren empowermentFree meditation Shibirs/campsHealth care/mobile medical facilitiesDisaster ReliefNasha Mukti ProgramsYuva Sewa Sangh (Special Youth Programs)Mahila Utthaan Mandal (Women Empowerment) etc.“Ek Ghadi aadhi ghadi, aadhi mein puni aadh,Tulsi sangat sadh ki, hare koti apraadh”Now let me ask some questions to the “Media” & the "Public"i. The Pope of the Roman Catholic Church has his own Country , Castle,Various luxury cars, and travels with aplomb in various Private jets !ii. Money spent by the Roman Catholic church is used in religious conversion activities throughout the world in general and India in particular (please look up the ’10/40’ window and the ‘Joshua Project’, there are people praying for you to be released from the clutches of the ‘demon’ viz; Hinduism!) surpes millions of billions of dollars .iii. Mother Teresa advocated the poor to die in agony as she has famously said that ‘There is something beautiful, in the suffering of the poor and downtrodden as it reminds us of the suffering of Jesus Christ ! Although it’s worth mentioning that she has travelled the world to collect funds for ‘healing the poor anduntouchables of India’ , So it’s weird she did not use it to heal them. When she was ill, she visited the best of Medical insutions and splurged money for this . This part was never reported to us . Isn’t this spreading mis-information’ ?
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              Savadhan Raj
              Feb 5, 2014 at 4:47 pm
              पहले तो देखना चाहिए कि पैसे करोडो है तो अरबो की सेवा भी तो होती है | अन्धो को न दिखे तो क्या ? कुछ नहीं ..... बापूजी के विश्वव्यापी सेवा कार्य को कौन नहीं जानता अगर कोई नहीं जान सका तो ये दोषी सन्स्था है ? नहीं ... कभी नहीं ...
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                Savadhan Raj
                Feb 5, 2014 at 4:47 pm
                पहले तो देखना चाहिए कि पैसे करोडो है तो अरबो की सेवा भी तो होती है | अन्धो को न दिखे तो क्या ? कुछ नहीं ..... बापूजी के विश्वव्यापी सेवा कार्य को कौन नहीं जानता अगर कोई नहीं जान सका तो ये दोषी सन्स्था है ? नहीं ... कभी नहीं ...
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