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FIR against Swami Shankarananda Giri of Kriya Yoga ashram

After Sarathi and Sura Baba, now another Baba Swami Shankarananda Giri is in trouble.

A Danish national, who had filed an FIR against Swami Shankarananda in 2010 accusing him of duping him of Rs 2 crore, today submitted documents related to the case at the Sahid Nagar police station.

Swami Shankarananda Giri is head of the Kriya Yoga ashram and founder of the Prabhujee English Medium School at VSS Nagar in Bhubaneswar.

The foreigner Allen Nielsen from Denmark had filed a cheating complaint against Swami Shankarananda in February 2010.

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“Though police registered a case, little action has been taken against the fraud baba. I had given him 3,20,000 euros, approximately Rs 2 crore, in phases between 2000 and 2010. The baba had assured me he would return double the amount in two years. But he cheated me,” Allen told media persons on Wednesday.

As no action was taken against him, Nielsen filed another cheating complaint against the godman at the same police station in May 2015.

“We received a call from Sahid Nagar police station last evening asking us to come with documents relevant to the case. Accordingly, we came and submitted the documents today,” he said.

Allen said he came in contact with Shankarananda in a religious seminar in Denmark in 1991. Allen said since he had faith in the baba, he gave the money to him for investment purpose.

Swami Shankarananda Giri has been accused of grabbing about four acres of government land at various locations in Bhubaneswar to set up a chain of Kriya Yoga ashrams in the city.

Besides, there are allegations of sexual misdemeanour against him and his close associate Kalikananda Giri.

Swami Shankarananda Giri

Meanwhile, Swami Shankarananda was spotted in the company of a foreigner lady at a hotel in Chandikhol yesterday morning. As word spread about Shankarananda Giri staying in the hotel spread in the area, a large crowd of curious onlookers, gathered outside the hotel. But Giri and the foreigner lady managed to slip away towards Bhubaneswar.

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