HC grants bail to Odisha godman Sarathi Baba

Cuttack: Self-proclaimed godman of Odisha, Sarathi Baba alias Santosh Roul has been granted bail by Orissa High Court today.

He has been granted bail against bail bond of Rs. 2 lakh and two bailers. The Court has directed him not to influence witnesses and cooperate in the investigation. The lower court may also set additional conditions in the bail granted.

The controversial godman had been granted bail in two other cases, earlier.

Notably, Sarathi Baba was arrested by the Crime Branch on August 8, 2015 from his Barimula ashram against charges of sexual and physical exploitation of women apart from cheating devotees.

Following his arrest a woman and her daughter had complained that Sarathi had exploited them both sexually and physically apart from defrauding them of their gold ornaments and money.

Sarathi Baba will be released from Choudwar Circle Jail in Cuttack district where he has been lodged for over three years.

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