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CBI Says, Balkrishna Evading Queries, Summoned Again On Thursday

PTI 03 Aug 2011, 21:59:42 IST

Dehra Dun, Aug 3: Close aide of Yoga Guru Ramdev, Balkrishna was today alleged to have evaded important queries posed by the CBI in connection with a case where he allegedly used fake educational degrees for procuring a passport.

CBI sources claimed that Balkrishna feigned ignorance to vital questions related to the case, prompting the agency to summon him again tomorrow.

The aide appeared before the CBI in compliance with the Uttarakhand High Court order which had stayed his arrest till August 29 but directed him to appear before the CBI office here.

While staying the arrest of Balkrishna, the state high court had on July 29 asked him to co-operate with the CBI in investigations and appear before it today for interrogation.

Balkrishna has been asked to appear again during which he will be quizzed again about him allegedly procurring the travel documents based on forged documents. He has also been asked to submit proof about his Indian citizenship, including papers related to his parentage, the sources said.

He was earlier summoned by the CBI to appear in its office here for interrogation on July 28. However, instead of appearing before the agency, he had sent a fax to the sleuths seeking 20-days' time to appear stating that his passport is with the British High Commission.

But the agency turned down his plea and asked him to appear without passport on July 29. Balkrishna had again requested the CBI to give him 10 days' time.

Balkrishna had gone “missing” from his Divya Yoga Mandir Trust residence in Haridwar on July 25, a day after CBI filed a case against him for cheating and criminal conspiracy for procuring fake degree and violation of section 12 of Indian Passport Act for furnishing fake documents to get a passport. PTI