Even before he was arrested by the Mumbai police for running an alleged sex and drugs racket, Shifu Sunkriti cult leader Sunil Kulkarni was facing several cases of cheating and extortion in Delhi, Nagpur and Pune. He had duped several students by promising them admissions to MBBS colleges in the same cities, the police said.
According to an officer, the Sitabardi police in Nagpur registered a cheating case against Kulkarni, on a complaint filed by NGO Andhashradha Nirmulan Samiti. An Ayurvedic doctor in Nagpur also filed an extortion complaint against him. The police are collecting more information in theses cases. Earlier, the police had said Kulkarni spent 19 days in Tihar jail for repeatedly raping a 17-year-old girl from Delhi.
The police found two visiting cards in the name of Anurag Khungar and Sonia Chawla alias Chug from Kulkarni’s rented house at Bandra. The cards showed their designations as business development executive and business development manager of ‘MAAD, the Finishing Academy’. During questioning, Khungar and Chawla admitted to knowing Kulkarni, but denied that they were attached to any of his organisations, the officer said. They suspected that Kulkarni may have misused their names, added the officer.
The alleged racket came to light when the parents of two Malad sisters filed a petition in the Bombay high court, alleging that Kulkarni entrapped their daughters. According to the police, Kulkarni targeted women and men aged between 18 and 25 years on Facebook. He allegedly used to drug them and then asked them to perform sexual activities.
The police are also probing if Kulkarni had any accomplices. According to Kulkarni, he completed his BA from a college in Nagpur and got a Phd in clinical psychology from Nagpur University. The police are awaiting replies from these institutes to verify his claims.
Kulkarni also claimed he was secretary general of the national human rights council in Delhi. The police have contacted the council and are awaiting a reply form them, said the officer.