Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh Insan and Radhe Maa
Irked by recent controversies surrounding self-styled godmen, the Akhil Bharatiya Akhara Parishad, the apex body of Hindu sadhus, yesterday released a list of 14 "fake babas", and demanded a crackdown on "rootless cult leaders" by bringing in a legislation.
Giving out the list, which includes names like Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, Rampal, Asaram and his son Narayan Sai, the parishad's president Swami Narendra Giri said, "We appeal to even the common people to beware of such charlatans who belong to no tradition and by their questionable acts, bring disrepute to sadhus and sanyasis."
The parishad is a council of akharas, which are monastic orders drawing their spiritual lineage from 8th-century seer Adi Shankara, who is said to have established orders of martial monks with the aim of defending the Hindu Dharma.
The development comes close on the heels of a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court in Haryana sentencing Dera Sacha Sauda chief Ram Rahim to 20 years in prison for the rape of two of his former disciples.
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Some of the names on the list
1. Asaram bapu
2. Sukhvinder Kaur aka Radhe Maa
4. Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh
5. Om baba aka Vivekanand
6. Nirmal Baba
7. Ichachadhari Vishwanand
8. Swami Asmianand
9. Om Namah Shivaay
10. Narayan Sai Rampal
No of 'fake Babas' on the list
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