He ran a flesh racket worth Rs 2,000 crore in the guise of spirituality.
Godman Shiv Murat Dwivedi, 39, was on Friday arrested from South Delhi’s PVR Multiplex with six sex workers while trying to strike a deal. The women aged between 19 and 30 included two airhostesses and a management student.
Popular as Ichchhadhari Sant Swami Bhimanand, Dwivedi, has been involved in the racket for 10 years, allegedly with the help of political patrons. Police said more than 200 women, including students, airhostesses and housewives, worked for him.
The phoney spiritual guru allegedly sent sex workers to five star hotels. He owns properties across the city. The police also impounded a Honda City and a Honda Civic from him.
During the raid at Dwivedi’s ashram near Mehrauli, the police unearthed tunnels that led into rooms. Six diaries found in the farmhouse blew the lid off his dealings. The diary had names and earnings of sex workers. Assuming the name Jia Patel on the Internet, Dwivedi had assumed six aliases.
A resident of Chitrakoot in UP, Dwivedi had come to Delhi in 1988. “After working as a security guard for a hotel, he landed a job in a massage parlour where he built his contacts,” said DCP (South) H.G.S. Dhaliwal. “Analysis of his diaries reveals that he had done transactions worth Rs 2,000 crore.”
Dwivedi conducted his trade from rented houses in Safdarjung Enclave and Mohammadpur. “He led a dual life. He was never caught as he operated smoothly. Dwivedi used to give sermons and write spiritual articles in magazines,” said the police officer.
Dwivedi even got built a 200-bed hospital in Chitrakoot to strengthen his credentials.