Ram Rahim, Asaram, Radhe Maa on list of 14 ‘fake godmen’ released by Hindu seers’ group

Updated on Sep 11, 2017 12:25 PM IST

The Akhil Bharatiya Akhara Parishad is a council of akharas, which are monastic orders drawing their spiritual lineage from 8th-century seer Adi Shankara, who is said to have established orders of martial monks with the aim of defending the Hindu Dharma.

In this file photo, Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh gestures during the premiere of a movie in New Delhi.(AP)
In this file photo, Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh gestures during the premiere of a movie in New Delhi.(AP)
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The Akhil Bharatiya Akhara Parishad (ABAP), the apex body of Hindu sadhus, released on Sunday what it said was a list of fake saints even as it demanded a crackdown on “rootless cult leaders”.

The move by the ABAP, which is an umbrella organisation of 13 recognised akharas, or monastic orders, came against the backdrop of a series of controversies surrounding self-styled godmen, including Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh who has been convicted of rape.

Releasing the list --- which includes Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, Haryana cult leader Rampal, rape accused Asaram and his son Narayan Sai, the group’s president, Swami Narendra Giri, said: “We appeal to even the common people to beware of such charlatans who belong to no tradition and by their questionable acts, bring disrepute to sadhus and sanyasis.”

On ABAP list

1. Asaram Bapu (Asumal Sirumalani) 

2. Sukhbinder Kaur (Radhe Maa) 

3. Sachchidanand Giri (Sachin Datta) 

4. Gurmeet Singh of Dera Sacha Sauda

5. Om Baba (Vivekanand Jha) 

6. Nirmal Baba (Nirmaljeet Singh) 

7. Ichchadhari Bhimanand (Shivmurti Dwivedi) 

8. Swami Asimanand 

9. Om Namah Shivay Baba 

10. Narayan Sai 

11. Rampal 

12. Acharya Kushmuni 

13. Brahaspati Giri 

14. Malkhan Singh 

After a brief meeting attended by representatives of various akharas at Math Baghambari Gaddi in Allahabad’s Allahpur, Giri made the names public and said these self-proclaimed godmen were maligning the image of saints.

“We are going to send copies of this list to the Centre, the state governments as well as all the opposition parties with the demand that a strong legislation be brought to check the activities of these self-styled cult leaders,” Giri told reporters.

He said the ABAP will release another list of 28 fake godmen after Diwali, and appealed to boycott these so-called spiritual gurus.

A day before the release of the list, Giri had lodged an FIR claiming that he had received death threats from callers, who he said warned him of dire consequences if the group passed any resolution against Asaram.

The development came close on the heels of a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court in Haryana sentencing the Dera Sacha Sauda chief to 20 years in prison for the rape of two of his former disciples. Large-scale violence took place in various parts of Haryana, Punjab and Rajasthan following his conviction, and 41 people were killed in Haryana in the clashes.

While Asaram is in jail in connection with a sexual assault case, his son Narayan Sai, also booked in a similar case, is out on bail.

Rampal is behind bars, facing trial in a number of cases relating to violence.

(with agency inputs)

 

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    K Sandeep Kumar is a Special Correspondent of Hindustan Times heading the Allahabad Bureau. He has spent over 16 years reporting extensively in Uttar Pradesh, especially Allahabad and Lucknow. He covers politics, science and technology, higher education, medical and health and defence matters. He also writes on development issues.

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