CBI to include cyber fraud plaint by deceased seer to unearth demise conspiracy

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CBI to include cyber fraud plaint by deceased seer to unearth demise conspiracy

Monday, 27 September 2021 | PNS | New Delhi

The CBI, which is probing the death of Mahant Narendra Giri, has decided to include a cyber fraud complaint lodged by the seer, as part of its wider investigation to unravel the possible conspiracy behind the demise of president of Akhil Bharatiya Akhara Parishad. 

Giri, who headed the Akhil Bharatiya Akhara Parishad, had on September 6 lodged an FIR with the Daraganj police, alleging that a fake Twitter account had been created in his name. The seer headed the ABAP, the largest body of Sadhus in the country, till he was found hanging by his disciples at Baghambari Mutt in Prayagraj on September 20.

Earlier, the 18-member special investigation team (SIT) constituted by the Uttar Pradesh government to probe Mahant’s death was investigating the cyber fraud allegations before the CBI took over the case.

The agency will match the Mahant’s signature and handwriting in the police

complaint with those in the purported suicide note, recovered from his room.

The agency is likely to seek the assistance of the Government Examiner of Questioned Documents, sources said.

The purported suicide note had mentioned that the seer was mentally disturbed and upset with one of his disciples.

The CBI team probing the death case has already retrieved the complaint lodged in connection with cyber fraud FIR registered at the Daraganj police station in Prayagraj district of Uttar Pradesh for further enquiry, they said.

The CBI had on Friday taken over the probe into the death of the Mahant following a notification from the Centre and subsequently dIspatched a team of investigators to Prayagraj.

The UP police had registered a case under Indian Penal Code sections relating to abetment to suicide

against one of his disciples Anand Giri who was nabbed from Haridwar and brought to Prayagraj for questioning.

Anand Giri was expelled from the Math earlier this year on charges of indiscipline. But he later apologised to the Mahant who forgave him and took him back into the Math.

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