Kalki Bhagwan: I haven't fled the country after I-T raids
Self-styled Godman Vijay Kumar Naidu, who also goes by the name Kalki Bhagwan, urged his followers to remain calm. He also issued a video statement saying he has not fled the country.
Self-styled Godman Vijay Kumar Naidu, who also goes by the name Kalki Bhagwan, has reacted for the first after the Income Tax Department conducted raids at his ashram and seized Rs 500 crore undisclosed income (Rs 44 crore cash, 90 kg gold, Rs 20 crore worth US dollars). The Godman said that he had not fled the country.
"Firstly we have not fled the country nor have we gone anywhere. We are right here and wish to inform our devotees that we are in very good health and perfectly fine. Neither the government nor the I-T Department has said that we have left the country, but it is the media that is saying we have fled the country," said Naidu in a video.
There were speculations that Kalki Bhagwan had fled the country and that is the reason that he has released the video saying they are very much in the country. In the video, Kalki did not talk about the I-T raids and went on to say that the activities of his several ashrams are continuing as usual and that the followers need not worry.
On October 16, the Income Tax Department raided Kalki Bhagwan's ashram in Andhra Pradesh and seized a large amount of unaccounted wealth including cash in Indian currency, US dollars, and several high-value items such as diamonds.
According to reports, the raids were simultaneously carried out at 40 places that were associated with Kalki Bhagwan Ashram in Chennai and Andhra Pradesh. It is reportedly said that the raids were carried out based on a tip-off regarding massive investments and financial misappropriation by the Godman's son Krishna. And the I-T department had issued summons to Krishna.
Krishna appeared before the I-T department in the afternoon of October 22 as per latest reports.