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Chitrakoot police begin process to strip ‘godman’ of his arms licence

Self-styled ‘godman’ Swami Shiv Murat Dwivedi alias Swami Bhimanandji Maharaj alias Swami Ichchadhari Sant,who was arrested in Delhi on February 26 for allegedly running a sex racket,is all set to be stripped of his arms licence.

Written by Vijay Pratap Singh | Lucknow |
March 4, 2010 3:06:51 am

Self-styled ‘godman’ Swami Shiv Murat Dwivedi alias Swami Bhimanandji Maharaj alias Swami Ichchadhari Sant,who was arrested in Delhi on February 26 for allegedly running a sex racket,is all set to be stripped of his arms licence.

The Chitrakoot police today began proceedings to cancel his licence that was issued by former district magistrate Hridesh Kumar.

“Taking cognizance of media reports and his arrest by the Delhi Police,I have initiated the cancellation proceedings. Following an inquiry,it came to light that the Manikpur police had ignored two cases against him and made recommendations for the licence. I have sent a report to the district magistrate to cancel his licence,” said SP Veer Bahadur Singh.

Singh added that three licences had been issued to Swami and his family members,including his father,Bachcha Lal,and brother Sanjay Murat Dwivedi.

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“The inquiry is on against his father and brother who possess licences for a double barrel gun and rifle,respectively. If the police find their involvement in criminal cases,their licences too will be cancelled,” he added.

A team of five policemen from Delhi,led by Station House Officer of Saket,Bhrama Deo,has arrived in Chitrakoot to collect information about the ‘godman’.

“We have started verifying the statements of the ‘godman’ and are inspecting his properties. We have also learnt that he was constructing a multi-crore temple at Chamrauha under Manikpur police station in Chitrakoot,” said Deo. The police team has inspected the temple,the godman’s ashram and the residence of his father. “After physical inspection,we will obtain the papers of his properties and assets from the district magistrate,” said Deo.

The Delhi Police have intitiated proceedings to invoke Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) against the ‘godman’.

Under MCOCA,stringent punishment is awarded to a person or gang operating as part of a crime syndicate,said Deputy Commissioner of Police (South) H G S Dhaliwal.

Give copy of custodial interrogation plea to Dwivedi: Court to cops
NEW DELHI: A city court on Wednesday asked the Delhi Police to provide a copy of their application,seeking to interrogate ‘godman’ Shiv Murat Dwivedi in custody,to the accused.

Metropolitan Magistrate Ravinder Singh,who was approached by the police for permission to question Dwivedi (39),said: “the accused (should) be provided a copy of the remand application”. “Once an accused is remanded in judicial custody,the police cannot seek his custody unless there are special reasons,” the counsel appearing for Dwivedi said. The accused has a right to know the grounds for his detention and custodial interrogation,he added.

The police said custodial interrogation of Dwivedi was required to unravel the case. “Fix the application for arguments tomorrow,” the court said after hearing the arguments. pti

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