Uttarakhand slaps 81 cases on Ramdev, his trust
The Uttarakhand government today slapped 81 cases on yoga guru Ramdev and Patanjali Yogpeeth, the trust run by him. Of the 81 cases, 29 are related to illegal possession of land while 52 are regarding evasion of tax and revenue. Anupam Trivedi reports.india Updated: Nov 20, 2013 17:44 IST
The Uttarakhand government on Wednesday slapped 81 cases on yoga guru Ramdev and Patanjali Yogpeeth, the trust run by him.
Of the 81 cases, 29 are related to illegal possession of land while 52 are regarding evasion of tax and revenue.
Chief minister Vijay Bahuguna said the administration was also probing the role of government officials, who had helped Ramdev and his trust.
“Officials found guilty will not be spared,” the CM said, while sharing the findings of a 10-day probe conducted by the Haridwar district magistrate.
Bahuguna said Ramdev’s trust had illegal possession of 7.766 acres of land at two villages in Haridwar.
The probe found that Ramdev’s trust had purchased 387 acres of land for building a university, but only 20 acres was used for the purpose.
“As per rules, one has to show use of the purchased land,” Bahuguna said.
“Another 84.86 acres of land was purchased in the name of a food park, but no permission was taken.”
The government has decided to take legal action against the trust and Ramdev as per the Zamindari Abolition and Land Reforms Act.
The probe also says Ramdev’s trust evaded tax up to Rs 10 crore.
When contacted by Hindustan Times, Ramdev’s spokesperson SK Tejariwala said he would comment only after looking into the details of the cases.