Ram Vriksh Yadav, the leader of the cult group that laid siege of Jawahar Bagh before being evicted following a violent clash, had filed a case in a court in Mathura against Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav, his brother and senior minister Shivpal Yadav and Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, alleging kidnapping and murder of Jai Gurudev, but had never appeared for any of the 25 court proceedings held since 2014.
The complaint alleged that the top leaders and three other people who were involved had kept Jai Gurudev, a self-proclaimed spiritual leader from UP who had amassed land and property worth thousands of crores, in captivity to benefit Pankaj Yadav, the present head of Jai Gurudev Ashram and temple trust.
The petition, which was first filed in the court of Mathura’s chief judicial magistrate (CJM) on March 26, 2014, was dismissed on April 25, 2014. The CJM court said the complainant had failed to produce any concrete evidence to support his claim, as per records obtained by The Indian Express.
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Later, on May 3, 2014, Ram Vriksh filed a revision petition in the court of district judge, who, after conducting 16 hearings without any representation from the complainant’s side, transferred the case to the additional district judge (VIIIth court). The ADJ, too, has held nine hearings, the latest on May 24, 2016, but no one ever turned up, as per Ram Vriksh’s second lawyer Nand Kishore Upmanyu (who filed the revision petition on his behalf).
Significantly, the next hearing is scheduled for August 14, 2016.
“It all started after May 18, 2012 after the death of self-proclaimed godman Baba Jai Gurudev. Claiming to be one of the trustees of Baba Jai Gurudev Trust, Ram Vriksh alleged that Mulayam Singh and others had forcefully sent Gurudev to a hospital for treatment and never allowed anyone to meet him. He also accused them of forging documents to usurp Gurudev’s property worth Rs 10,000 crore,” Manish Chaturvedi, the lawyer who had filed the first complaint in the CJM court told The Indian Express.
He said Ram Vriksh believed that the trustees of the temple had cremated someone else to declare Gurudev as dead and they had full support of the state government.
His second lawyer Upmanyu said he “stopped pursuing” the petition because of the way Ram Vriksh conducted himself. “He would himself prepare the documents which were not legally apt and could not have been submitted in the court. He was also not ready to listen to any suggestions,” Upmanyu said.
As per the records, no one ever came to represent Ram Vriksh’s case after the revision petition was filed in the district judge’s court on May 3, the first hearing in which was held two weeks later. The district judge had to issue a notice to the opponents on June 26, 2014, but no one ever replied.
Chandan Bose and Rakesh Gupta, two close aides of Ram Vriksh who were arrested last week, told police that their leader had “sound knowledge of the Constitution” and was “an expert” in filing RTIs. He used to keep a close tab on the cases he filed in the court and always used to file several RTIs at various offices seeking information.