New Delhi: The Income Tax department is all set to cancel the charitable status of yoga guru Baba Ramdev's trust Patanjali Yogpeeth. The department found that while the income of the trust was over Rs 72 crore, it had claimed its income is nil.
Ramdev's adviser Ved Pratap Vaidik reacting to the news, said, "Ramdev has no personal interest and they are saying he is making business. What health department of India hasn't done in years, they are calling this commercial activity? He is making medicines and giving good health to people. This is certainly politically motivated. How is that they were silent earlier? The same politicians used to visit him for yoga. Is it crime to do business in this country?"
Ramdev's close aide Acharya Balkrishna is under fire too from the Enforcement Directorate (ED). CNN-IBN had accessed the status report in which the ED has filed the ECIR, which is equivalent of an FIR against Balkrishna for using a forged passport to open trusts in the UK and US.
A show cause notice has also been issued over bringing Rs 4.36 crore for a food park in Jharkhand which violates FEMA rules.
The bank transactions of the yoga guru's trust are also under scrutiny and the source of this money which came from Dubai is under probe too.