Stung by the allegations of amassing huge “un-accounted wealth”, yoga guru Baba Ramdev on Thursday declared assets of his business empire, pegging them at Rs 426 crore and promised maximum transparency of holdings in future as well.
Aide Acharya Balkrishna declared details of the assets on behalf of Baba Ramdev.
“The total assets of Patanjali Yogpeeth Trust are Rs 164 crore and Rs 80 lakh. Divya Yog Mandir Trust’s total assets are Rs 249 crore 63 lakh. The total assets of Bharat Swabhiman trust are Rs 9 crore 97 lakh and that of Acharya Kulam trust are Rs 1 crore 59 lakh,” Balkrishna said addressing reporters at a press conference called at the fast venue.
Balkrishna also declared the spending for each of the Baba Ramdev’s trust and pegged the total spending at Rs 361 crore. “The total spending of Patanjali Yogpeeth Trust is Rs 164 crore and 80 lakh. Divya Yog Mandir Trust’s total spending is Rs 185 crore and 25 lakh. The total spending of Bharat Swabhiman trust is Rs 11 crore and 51 lakh and that of the Acharya Kulam trust is Rs 34 lakh,” he disclosed.
As per reports, over 200 businesses from Aastha TV to food, herbal medicine parks are run by the trust.
Balkrishn said more than 100 crore people across the country and outside are directly or indirectly benefited from the social service rendered by Swami Ramdev in form of Ayurveda and yoga.
“The trust helps people during natural calamities,” he said.
Balkrishna, the right-hand man of Ramdev, said he is being framed in a “false passport controversy” and offered to hand out photo copies of his passport. Balkrishna is under scanner as it is alleged that he holds two passports.
Uttarakhand Intelligence Bureau has confirmed that Balkrishna may also have violated the Arms Act, reports say. The Prime Minister's office has ordered a probe in the case.
The Finance Ministry is carrying out a detailed income tax survey of trusts run by Baba Ramdev.
Ever since the talks between Ramdev and government collapsed and the Ramlila police crackdown, Congress leader Digvijay Singh has been demanding that financial dealings of Ramdev be thoroughly probed.
Meanwhile, Baba Ramdev clarified that he is not ending his fast - now in its sixth day. Doctors have advised him to end his fast in view of his deteriorating health, but for now the Yoga guru is adamant on continuing the fast till the government agrees to his demand to bring back black money and formulate tough anti-graft laws.