According to the Akhil Bharatiya Akhara Parishad‘s fake list of babas, Asaram Bapu is on the top of the list. The list was released to crack down on rootless cult leaders during Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh case. The Akhil Bharatiya Akhara Parishad also known as All India Akhara Council is the apex organization of Hindu saints and sadhus in India. The ABAP is composed of 14 Akharas, or organizations of Hindu saints sadhus. Akharas are monastic orders drawing their spiritual lineage from 8th-century seer Adi Shankara, who is said to have established orders of martial monks with the aim of defending the Hindu Dharma. The list consisted of names as Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, Radhey Ma, Nirmal Baba, Rampal, Asaram Bapu and his son Narayan Sai.
Here are the fake babas on the parishad’s list:
Asaram Bapu (Asumal Sirumalani)
The 77-year-old self-styled godman was arrested in 2013 after a teenage devotee accused him of raping her at a religious event. Another female follower later also accused him of rape. He has been in jail since 2013 on charges of rape and criminal intimidation. Yet Asaram continues to have thousands of supporters flock to court when he appears for hearings. He says calling rapists ‘bhaiyya’ will save women. 3 witnesses in the case were shot dead.
Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Singh, known as rockstar guru for the bejeweled costumes he wears in self-produced films, was recently sentenced to 20 years’ jail after being convicted of raping two female followers. Hundreds of his followers went on the rampage when he was convicted, attacking train stations, buses and television vans.
Asaram Bapu’s son Narayan Sai is in jail for allegedly raping a Surat-based woman disciple of his father between 2002 and 2005. She was raped when she was living at Asaram’s ashram in Surat. Sai, 40, is also accused of having physical relations with eight other girls.
Vinodanand Jha aka Swami Omji was introduced in Bigg Boss 10 as a social, religious and political leader. In November 2008, an FIR was registered against Swami Omji on a complaint by his younger brother Pramodh Jha, who 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. The self-proclaimed godman also faces charges under the Arms Act, Terrorist and Disruptive Activities (Prevention) Act in other matters.
Radhe Maa (Sukhwinder Kaur)
A Punjab resident, Sukhwinder Kaur later changed her name to Radhe Maa and moved to Mumbai. She hosts regular religious events at her Radhe Maa Bhawan located in Borivali. She is famous for blessing devotees by getting them to lift her. The Punjab and Haryana high court recently issued a notice against a police officer asking why contempt proceedings should not be initiated against him for failing to act on a complaint against Kaur. A man had lodged a complaint against her, seeking registration of a case in 2015 for allegedly hurting religious sentiments, threatening and other offenses under the IPC. Last year, Niki Gupta filed a complaint, accusing Kaur of instigating her in-laws against her for dowry.
Nirmal Baba (Nirmaljeet Singh)
Nirmaljeet Singh Narula, better aka Nirmal Baba, has appeared on television as part of his show, ‘Third Eye of Nirmal Baba’. This Jharkhand-raised self-styled godman shot to fame through the controversy surrounding the donations and the charging of admission fees (Rs. 2,000 per person) to his ‘darbar’ sessions. He was accused of tax evasion, cheating and spreading superstition
There are more fake babas in the list. Check the names below:
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