Police probing if Shifu Sunkriti leader Sunil Kulkarni exploited models in Mumbai
Several pictures of models, who were photographed during photo sessions conducted by Kulkarni, were found at his residenceUpdated: Jun 08, 2017 09:48 IST
Mumbai police have found photographs of models during a search at the house of Shifu Sunkriti cult leader Sunil Kulkarni, who was arrested last month on charges of trafficking and pushing girls into drugs, leading them to believe he may have exploited them.
Kulkarni was arrested on April 20 after the Bombay high court heard petitions filed by families who alleged that the group had “ensnared” their daughters and pushed them into drugs.
Officials investigating the case said they found several pictures of models, who were photographed during photo sessions conducted by Kulkarni, during a search at his residence. Police suspect Kulkarni allegedly lured them and added they need to investigate whether he extorted money from these models or exploited them.
They added they need to trace boys and girls who got in touch with him. They said Kulkarni allegedly made profiles of young girls on his group Shifu Sunkriti’s Facebook page. The police are probing whether he allegedly cheated someone using the girls’ account.
Kulkarni was arrested following the high court order after three couples alleged Kulkarni had lured their daughters — four women in their twenties — into taking drugs and made them leave their homes. The couples claimed that their daughters were refusing to come back home because Shifu Sunkriti, which operates on social media, had entrapped them.
Soon after Kulkarni’s arrested, the police conducted a search at his Bandra residence and found sex clip on Kulkarni’s mobile phone and pen drive and sex book from his residence.
Before he was arrested by the Mumbai Police, 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, according to police.
They said Kulkarni spent 19 days in Tihar jail for repeatedly raping a 17-year-old girl from Delhi.
The Mumbai Police have filed a case under sections 328 (causing hurt by means of poison with intent to commit an offence), 370 (trafficking), 292 (sale of obscene books act), 420 (cheating) of the Indian Penal Code and other sections of the information technology act at the Malad police station.
The case was later transferred to the crime branch for investigation.
First Published: May 01, 2017 11:28 IST