29 September, 2020

Godman Cornered?

A new PIL pitches Chandraswami in his toughest legal battle yet

Godman Cornered?
WILL the jet-setting guru Chandraswami be able to wriggle out of this one? Time seems to be running out for the godman, as the Supreme Court this week hears a public interest litigation (PIL), originally filed on September 20, 1995, seeking to appoint a special commission to look into the charges against him.

The investigating agencies—under fire for allegedly protecting the godman are hoping to prevent that eventuality. The PIL, originally filed by advocate Anukul Chandra Pradhan, accuses the agencies of "complete inaction" vis-a-vis the Chandraswami case, because of his "influential connections". The petition primarily seeks an expeditious inquiry into the charges against Chandraswami, to be carried out by special commissioners under the direct supervision of the court.

The PIL was filed only a few days after the then minister of state for internal security, Rajesh Pilot, ordered the swami's arrest, following disclosures by Dawood Ibrahim's hitman, Babloo Srivas-tava, linking the godman to the Dubai-based don. Subsequently, a human rights organisation, People's...



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