With the CBI tightening its noose around Balkrishna charging him with cheating and forgery, yoga guru Ramdev on Thursday defended his closest aide, claiming that he is currently in Haridwar and his documents are not forged.
"Acharya Balkrishna has not gone anywhere. He is very much here. He is very much in Patanjali Ashram," Ramdev said at a hurriedly convened press conference in Haridwar.
Accusing the Centre of going soft on terrorists, the yoga teacher wondered why it was targeting Balkrishna.
"Instead of focusing on black money and corruption, the Centre is diverting all its energy on running a malicious campaign against Baba (Ramdev) and Acharya Balkrishna," he said.
When repeatedly asked why Balkrishna was not appearing before the CBI, Ramdev said he has a lot of "great work" to do.
"He (Balrishna) is not having one work only. He is giving guidance to crores of people in Ayurveda. His contribution to Ayurveda is immense," Ramdev said.
On Balkrishna seeking 20 days' time to appear before the CBI, the yoga guru said, "We understand that CBI must give us this much time."
Balkrishna on Thursday sought 20 days' time to appear before the CBI for questioning in a case under the Passport Act, claiming he has applied for a UK visa and his travel document is with that mission.