Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Cuttack, Aug 12:
Odisha Crime Branch police today traced three more bank accounts of self-styled god man Santosh Roula alias Srimad Sarathi Baba in Kendrapara having total deposits of Rs 35 lakh.
“Three more bank accounts of Santosh Roula alias Srimad Sarathi Baba were traced in Kendrapara today by the department. The bank accounts have a combined deposit of Rs 35 lakh in them,” informed Crime Branch ADG B K Sharma here today.
With detection of three more bank accounts the total number of bank accounts belonging to Sarathi Baba traced so far stands at 22 with deposits totalling Rs 2.55 crore, Crime Branch sources said.
A bank locker in the name of Sarathi Baba too has been traced, the sources added.
Around 20 persons have been interrogated in the Sarathi Baba case so far. The Crime Branch team investigating into the case too has grown from its initial size of three members to one of 30 now. Crime Branch sources said the size of the team could go up further if required depending on further revelations about the Baba’s illegal acquistion of assets and immoral activities.
Earlier in the day, the SDJM court here had allowed Crime Branch police today to take Sarathi Baba on remand for three more days after his remand period ended yesterday.
“The court granted our prayer to take Sarathi Baba for another three days as our interrogations were not over. He will be interrogated at the Crime Branch headquarters here,” said Chittaranjan Kanungo, Crime Branch counsel.
Since lawyers are on strike demanding action against former Kendrapara SP Satish Gajbhiye, no one from the self-proclaimed god man’s side pleaded for his bail today.
Sarathi Baba was produced at the SDJM court around 10.45 am amid tight security as crowds swelled shouting slogans against the self-styled god man who has now turned out to be a con man.
The Crime Branch continued with its interrogations in connection with his financial empire and land deals, said sources.