Unaccounted wealth worth Rs 30 crore was allegedly unearthed during the raids conducted by Income Tax Department on the properties that belonged to self-styled godman Kalki. The raids were conducted at around 40 locations in Telangana, Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu.
Kalki Bhagwan as he is popularly known is a self-styled godman popular in the states of Telangana, Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu. He is also a founder of a spiritual school – Oneness University.
The IT department reportedly recovered Rs 9 crore cash in US Dollars from one of his ashrams. As per reports over 300 income tax officials have been carrying out searches in over 40 locations spread across three states since Wednesday.
The IT department was investigating the allegations of tax evasion against Kalki. Officials said they would probe all the unaccounted foreign donations that he receives under the garb of spirituality. It is learnt that Kalki and his son Krishna owns multiple businesses in south India.
The main ashram is located in Varadaiahpalem in Chittoor district of Andhra Pradesh. Kalki is also facing some land grabbing allegations. A huge part of the recoveries were reportedly made in Chittoor and Tamil Nadu. Several documents related to real-estate agreements were found.
In Hyderabad the IT officials raided a news channel called ‘Studio N’ that had links to the godman.
Upon probing his rise as Kalki Bhagwan, it was found that he was born as Vijay Kumar Naidu. He joined the J Krishnamurti foundation in 1980s and by 1990s he began a cult claiming he was a god and had supernatural powers. He has many affluent devotees including prominent politicians film stars among others.