With BJP in power, focus is now on cases against Baba Ramdev

Baba Ramdev
From the controversial putrajeevak beej medicine to scores of allegations of stamp duty evasion, Yoga Guru Baba Ramdev is facing nearly 100 cases in Uttarakhand where BJP has stormed to power after a stunning election victory.

The good relations between new Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat and Baba Ramdev are also not a secret in the hill state. Rawat, who had worked as agriculture minister in the former BJP government, had supported Baba Ramdev in establishing the food Park at Haridwar. Rawat had stated at that time that farmers should sell their produce to Baba Ramdev.

Now, it will be very interesting to see what stand the BJP government will take on these cases which were filed against Baba Ramdev in the last five years when Congress party was in power.

An inquiry by the state Director General (DG) Health and law department had already given a negative report against the Yoga Guru on his controversial putrajeevak beej medicine which allegedly promises a male child. Interestingly, Ramdev had also defended the medicine saying it has nothing to do with the birth of a son or a daughter.  “The botanical name of the medicine is putrajeeva roxburghi. It is called putrajeevak in Hindi, Marathi, Gujarati and other languages,” Ramdev had stated while defending his medicine.

In its offensive against Baba Ramdev, the previous Congress government had registered nearly 100 cases mostly of stamp duty evasion against his Patanjali Yogpeeth Trust.  

At least 25 such cases pertain to violation of the Zamindari Abolition and Land Reforms (ZALR) Act. When 81 cases were lodged against Ramdev's Trust for gross violation of land laws in 2012-13, the then Chief Minister Vijay Bahuguna had stated that several of the properties held by the Patanjali Trust had turned out to be benami transactions with no trace of the owners. Nearly 387.5 acres of land was purchased at Haridwar for establishing Patanjali University but the campus has been set up only in the “insignificant” of land, a government inquiry report had said. The large chunk of this land was allegedly being used for agriculture purpose possibly being retained by the trust as land bank for commercial uses in the future, the inquiry reported had stated.

 

The inquiry report also raised fingers on Ramdev’s vast food and herbal park at Haridwar. The government had granted permission to the Patanjali Yogpeeth Trust for purchase of 141.17 acres of land for manufacturing ayurvedic medicines and research in village Mustafabad. But this land was used for food park which is “blatant violation” of terms and conditions for the purchase of the land by the government, the report said.

Fifty-two instances of stamp duty violations had come to notice of the government, it said. This has caused a revenue loss of Rs 10 crore to the state exchequer, it said.

Though Baba Ramdev was not available for comments, Patanjali Yogpeeth officials claimed all the cases were registered at the behest of Congress party and termed them politically motivated.

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