Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Dec 13:
Self-proclaimed Odisha godman Sarathi Baba alias Santosh Raul today moved the Supreme Court seeking bail in two cases against him.
Sarathi Baba has sought bail in the cases against him concerning the controversial female medico and the one involving a woman and her daughter from Barimul in Kendrapara district who had complained that Sarathi had exploited them both sexually and physically apart from defrauding them of their gold ornaments and money, informed Susant Kanungo, Sarathi Baba’s counsel.
It may be mentioned here that Sarathi Baba’s bail plea was rejected by the Orissa High Court on November 18 this year.
Notably, the female medico had filed an FIR against four persons accusing them of blackmailing her for over four months and forcing her to accompany Sarathi to Hyderabad where she spent three nights with him at a hotel in Hyderabad in the first week of July last year.
Further, a woman and her daughter hailing from Barimul who were working at Sarathi’s ashram had lodged a complaint with the Crime Branch that Sarathi had taken Rs 1.15 lakh and gold ornaments from them. They had also complained that the godman had outraged their modesty and shot objectionable photographs of theirs.
Sarathi who arrested by the police on August 8 last year from his Barimul ashram has been lodged at the Choudwar Circle Jail since then.