The Supreme Court on Wednesday refused to behave on a petition looking for motion towards faux babas within the nation and mentioned that if such self-styled godmen have already been convicted in legal instances, that’s enough cause for individuals to keep away from going to them.

The petition styled as a public curiosity litigation (PIL) was filed by a Secunderabad resident Dumpala Ramreddy who was upset over his daughter being stored in an ashram run by a self-styled godman based mostly in Delhi. During efforts to rescue her from the ashram named Adhyatmika Vidyalaya run by one Veerendra Dev Dixit in Rohini, the petitioner stumbled upon a listing of pretend ashrams launched by the apex physique of sages – Akhil Bharatiya Akhada Parishad.

This record contained names of 17 faux godmen and their establishments which included the likes of Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh of Dera Sacha Sauda, Radhey Ma, Nirmal Baba, Rampal, Asaram Bapu and his son Narayan Sai. The record additionally included the identify of Dixit, with whom the petitioner was involved.

Senior advocate Menaka Guruswamy who represented the petitioner knowledgeable the Court that it ought to direct the Centre to confirm the main points of the record equipped by Akhada Parishad and order closure of the ashrams run by these faux godmen.

A 3-judge bench headed by Chief Justice of India (CJI) AS Bobde mentioned, “We are not disrespecting the Akhara Parishad. But how does the Court get to know who is a fake baba. This list is prepared by the Akhada on its own. We don’t know whether they have some animus with these persons.”

Guruswamy advised the Court to think about the truth that legal instances have been filed towards most of those individuals named within the record. In some instances, the Central Bureau of Investigation is probing severe fees of misappropriation of funds, crimes of rape and homicide.

“This gives all the more reason that people should not go to them. Why do you want the Supreme Court’s imprimatur on them,” noticed the bench, additionally comprising Justices AS Bopanna and V Ramasubramanian.

As a final resort, the Court allowed the petition to be transformed right into a illustration to the authorities within the Central authorities. “If the Union government thinks your problem is genuine, they will act on your representation,” famous the bench.

On July eight final 12 months, the petition first got here up for listening to earlier than the Court when the bench agreed to think about it and allowed a replica of the petition to be equipped to the Solicitor General. On Wednesday, Solicitor General Tushar Mehta appeared within the case and opposed the petition. Mehta mentioned, “The petitioner has already filed a petition of habeas corpus to rescue his daughter before the Delhi High Court. Their concern can be addressed there. We are opposing the prayer made in this petition.”

Guruswamy requested to withdraw the petition which the bench accepted. In addition to verifying particulars about faux babas named by Akhada Parishad, the petition made a number of prayers which included vacating the ashrams run by these self-styled godmen and shutting down ashrams aside from these within the record the place it’s discovered that the individuals working them have legal information. The petition additionally urged the Court to border pointers with regard to organising of Ashrams and non secular centres throughout the nation.


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