ED puts up notice at Sarathi’s ashram restricting entry of devotees

Kendrapara: Two days after self-styled godman Sarathi alias Santosh Roul was released from jail on bail, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) today put up a notice on his ashram at Barimula here restricting entry of his devotees into the ashram.

Reportedly, a four-member team of ED reached the ashram this morning and put up the notice that mentions a list of immovable property of Sarathi that are currently under the possession of the ED under Section 8 (4) OF the Prevention of Money Laundering Act-2002. Trespassers will be prosecuted, the notice further read.

The move was taken in apprehension of entry of Sarathi’s devotees and followers into the Ashram following his release from jail.

Meanwhile, the Odisha Crime Branch will keep a strict vigil on activities of Sarathi to ensure that he follows bail conditions set by the Orissa High Court (HC). Stringent action will be taken against Sarathi, if he is found flouting the court order, said Crime Branch ADG Santosh Upadhyay yesterday.

Sarathi walked out of Choudwar Circle Jail in Cuttack after four years on July 25 after the HC granted him conditional bail on July 22.

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