September 15th, 2017 | Updated on May 30th, 2023
After the conviction of Ram Rahim and sentence of 20 years of jail under the charges of rape of 2 sadhvis at his Dera, the apex body of Hindu sadhus the Akhil Bharatiya Akhara Parishad – has released a list of 14 ‘fake babas’ and demanded a crackdown on “rootless cult leaders” by bringing in legislation.
With the rising fraud in name of God, and religion, these con-men are turning innocent people into blind followers.
Giving out the list, the parishad’s president Swami Narendra Giri said: “We appeal to even the common people to beware of such charlatans who belong to no tradition and by their questionable acts, bring disrepute to sadhus and sanyasis.”
Fake Indian Babas:
1. Asaram Bapu (Asumal Sirumalani)
76-year-old Aasaram had a huge fan following. However, his downfall started when a teenage devotee accused him of raping her at a religious event.
And then, another woman came forward and accused him of rape. The so-called Godman was charged guilty in year 2013 on charges of rape and criminal intimidation. It’s astonishing yet depressing to know that this rapist still has a huge number of followers.
2. Radhe Maa (Sukhwinder Kaur)
Raadhe Maa is one of the most controversial Godwoman. A man recently accused her for forcing him for a physical relation and how she kept on saying him ‘I love you’.
The Punjab and Haryana high court recently issued a notice against a police official asking why contempt proceedings should not be initiated against him for failing to act on a complaint against Radhe Maa.
Last year, Mumbai resident Niki Gupta filed a complaint, accusing Kaur of instigating her in-laws against her for dowry.
3. Sachchidanand Giri (Sachin Datta)
Also known as ‘Builder Baba’, Sachidanand Giri had been declared a proclaimed offender in a case registered with the Economic Offence Wing (EOW) of the Delhi Police and was later arrested from his house in Lucknow.
In 2015, he was accused of mortgaging sold flats in an Indirapuram housing society to obtain bank loans.
4. Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh
Ram Rahim was charged guilty for raping 2 women at his dera, and has been sentenced 20 years of jail.
His blind followers turned violent and went on the rampage when he was convicted, attacking train stations, and buses.
After raiding his dera, many astounding things were found inside. Illegal arms and ammunition, Lots of currency (including the banned one), illegal firecracker factory, and a secret tunnel connecting his Gufa to girls hostel.
5. Swami Omji (Vinodanand Jha)
What kind of Baba a person would be, if instead of indulging in spirituality, chooses to appear on celebrity show ‘Bigg Boss’.
He was already into a lot of controversies because of the show, and then, his own younger brother Promod Jha accused him of breaking the lock of his bicycle shop in Lodhi Colony along with three men and stealing 11 bicycles, expensive spare parts, sale deed of the house and important documents.
He also faces charges under the Arms Act, Terrorist and Disruptive Activities (Prevention) Act in other matters.
6. Nirmal Baba (Nirmaljeet Singh)
Nirmal Baba gained much popularity from his show, ‘Third Eye of Nirmal Baba’. He is estimated to be worth hundreds of crores. He even has an app on Facebook called ‘Live Darshan 24/7’.
He is into controversies for the donations and the charging of admission fees (Rs. 2,000 per person) to his ‘darbar’ sessions.
7. Ichchadhari Bhimanand (Shivmurti Dwivedi)
He was arrested in 2010 for allegedly running a sex racket. Dwivedi, alias Icchadhari Sant Swami Bhimanand Ji Maharaj Chitrakoot, was booked under Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act.
“He has political ambitions. He did not want to join politics now but was gaining ground steadily. He wanted to use his followers as his vote bank,” a senior police officer had said after his arrest.
8. Swami Aseemanand
Swami Aseemanand was recently acquitted along with six others under “benefit of doubt” in the 2007 Ajmer blast case by a special court. Judge Dinesh Gupta let off Swami Aseemanand and six others giving them “benefit of doubt”
9. Narayan Sai
Asaram’s son Narayan Sai is in jail for allegedly raping a Surat-based woman disciple of his father between 2002 and 2005.
She was allegedly raped when she was living at Asaram’s ashram in Surat. Sai, 40, is also accused of having physical relations with eight other girls.
In November 2014, five bodies were discovered by the police after they stormed the ashram of a self-styled godman, Rampal, in Haryana’s Hisar. Another of the man’s followers died in hospital.
The police were seeking Rampal’s arrest after he refused court orders to appear to answer charges including conspiracy to murder, inciting mobs and contempt of court.
Rampal considers himself an incarnation of the 15th-century poet Kabir. The ashram was guarded by hundreds of followers for several days.
Police fired water cannon and lathi-charged the supporters who were armed with stones, petrol bombs among other weapons. Some followers later came out of the ashram, saying they had been held at the ashram against their will.
11. Acharya Kushmuni
Acharya Kushmuni Swarup is national spokesperson Akhil Bhartiya Dandi Sanyasi Prabudh Samiti.
After the list of fake babas, Kushmuni alleged most of the people in the akhada had criminal cases against them. He has in the past called for fake babas to be reprimanded.
12. Brahaspati Giri
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