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‘Ichadhari Baba’ booked for sex racket in 2010, arrested again in Delhi for cheating

Shiv Murat Dwivedi had been in news earlier after his arrest from the PVR Multiplex in Saket on February 26, 2010. Six alleged sex workers, aged between 19 and 30, were among those arrested with him

delhi Updated: Aug 29, 2017 17:46 IST
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Shiv Murat Dwivedi, alias Ichadhari Baba, had duped people of lakhs of rupees by promising them jobs in government organisations.(Picture: Sourced)

A self-styled godman, earlier arrested from south Delhi in 2010 for allegedly running a high-profile sex racket, has landed in police net again. This time, however, he is accused of cheating people and duping them of money to fight his court cases.

Shiv Murat Dwivedi, alias Ichadhari Baba, allegedly duped people of lakhs of rupees by promising them jobs in government organisations such as Indian Railways, Indian armed forces, paramilitary services, Food Corporation of India and Public Works Department, said Romil Baaniya, DCP (south-east).

Southeast district police arrested the 46-year-old ‘godman’ for allegedly promising a south Delhi woman and her two siblings jobs with the IRCTC in lieu of Rs 30 lakh.

To convince the woman that it was a real offer, the man even called her to New Delhi Railway Station to show her the future “workplace” and gave her an appointment letter that turned out to be fake. The woman filed an FIR at Amar Colony police station soon after realising that she had been duped.

The police caught Dwivedi and realised that he was the infamous ‘Ichadhari Baba’ involved in the sensational sex racket seven years ago. To this victim, the ‘godman’ had been posing as Shiva, a resident of East of Kailash.

“The man revealed that after coming out of jail on bail in the sex racket case, he decided to cheat people to earn his livelihood as well as fight the stringent MCOCA case registered against him in the previous crime,” said the DCP.

Dwivedi had been in news earlier after his arrest from the PVR Multiplex in Saket on February 26, 2010. Six alleged sex workers, aged between 19 and 30, were among those arrested with him.

Back then, police had said that Dwivedi had been involved in the racket for 10 years, allegedly with the help of political patrons. Over 200 women, including students, air hostesses and housewives, allegedly worked for him.

The phoney spiritual guru would allegedly send sex workers to five star hotels. He owned expensive cars and properties across the city. A dozen bank accounts and two cars belonging to him have already been attached by the Enforcement Directorate in the ongoing case.

A resident of Chitrakoot in UP, Dwivedi had come to Delhi in 1988. After working as a security guard at a hotel, he had landed a job in a massage parlour where he built his contacts to begin the alleged sex racket.

First Published: Aug 28, 2017 23:13 IST