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Indian \’guru\’ faces charges of fraud, drugs and rape

Indian ‘guru’ faces charges of fraud, drugs and rape

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A spiritual guru known as “Swami Amritachaitanya” is being held in Kerala, India on charges of fraud, rape and possession of narcotic drugs. Swami Amritachaitanya, whose real name is Santosh Madhavan, was arrested by Interpol in March on criminal charges in a police raid at his 16-suite ashram in Kochi, India following multiple police complaints against him. Indians living in Bahrain have recently come forward and filed a case against Madhavan in India on allegations of fraudulent practices related to his supposed charity activities.

Kochi, India
Image: Boby George.

Twenty Indians living in Bahrain filed a case against 35-year old Madhavan on Tuesday. They claim they were victims of a scam after Madhavan convinced them to invest in a charitable organization and tourist resort, but allegedly kept the money for himself. Madhavan arrived in Bahrain in 2005.

Cquote1.svg He was very convincing about his charity activities as well as the resort. Cquote2.svg

—Jaya Kumar

“Twenty of us have e-mailed a complaint to the Inspector General and Commissioner of Ernakulam police as well as Kerala Home Minister,” said complainant Jaya Kumar in a statement to the Gulf Daily News. Ernakulam is a district in the state of Kerala in India. “He was very convincing about his charity activities as well as the resort,” said Kumar, a purchasing officer at a company in Bahrain.

Police began an investigation into Madhavan in April after a woman filed a complaint alleging he had promised to start a business with her after a meeting in Dubai, but she said he disappeared after she gave him the money. Serafin Edwin traveled to the capital of Kerala, Thiruvananthapuram, last week from her residence in Dubai, in order to give testimony against Madhavan. She was greeted at the international airport by police, and is under police protection due to concerns for her safety. Her family members told Khaleej Times that she feared physical harm from Madhavan or his henchmen. Interpol has been investigating Madhavan in allegations related to his business dealings with Serafin Edwin since 2004. “I am happy that the police finally caught up with him and he is in prison. He is a big fraud and everything that comes out of his mouth is a lie,” said Serafin Edwin in a statement to the United Arab Emirates paper The National.

Madhavan was arrested by Interpol police after multiple underage girls went to law enforcement with allegations of rape and sexual abuse. According to Press Trust of India, police in India received complaints from three underage girls alleging he had raped them. The Times reported that Madhavan is accused of making pornographic movies with underage girls, sexual assault, rape, fraud and possession of narcotics. A police raid of Madhavan’s four-story mansion in India uncovered drugs, a police uniform, a pelt from an endangered tiger and pornographic DVDs. Gulf Daily News reported that Madhavan was arrested in Kerala in conjunction with an Interpol “red alert”, which was issued after consultation with Dubai police in 2004.

Cquote1.svg We are not against genuine spiritual leaders. But we won’t allow illegal activities under the guise of spirituality. Cquote2.svg

—Kodiyeri Balakrishnan

Self styled “godmen” and “gurus” are under increased observation by police in India following the arrest of Madhavan, and police are specifically investigating their sources of wealth and possible fraud. “We are not against genuine spiritual leaders. But we won’t allow illegal activities under the guise of spirituality,” said Kerala home minister Kodiyeri Balakrishnan in a statement to Howrah News Service.

G. Sudhakaran, Kerala’s minister for temples, presented a different viewpoint in a statement to The Times. “They’re conducting all kinds of criminal and material activities behind their spiritual exteriors. Ninety per cent of them are fake and criminals. There are so many swamis who have enlightened the hearts and minds of people, but these people are fakes with no idea about spirituality. They are only interested in women and money and muscle power,” said Sudhakaran. Many Hindus were upset by Sudhakaran’s words, as some devout Hindus consider swamis to be above the law and should not be criticized.



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October 3, 2007

Australian cricket team in India in 2007-08: 2nd ODI

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Australian cricket team in India in 2007-08: 2nd ODI

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Wednesday, October 3, 2007

Australia have defeated India by 84 runs in the second ODI match of Australia’s current tour of India at Nehru Stadium, Kochi, India.

Australia lead the 7-match ODI series 1-0, after the first match was abandoned due to rain.

After the first over, Australia were already one wicket down after Adam Gilchrist was dismissed for a duck. And shortly into the third over, things were not looking good for Australia, after Brad Hodge was caught behind for only 3 runs, and the figures were 2 wickets for eight runs. But things started improving with Matthew Hayden and Michael Clarke sharing a 54 run partnership before Clarke was stumped for 27. Hayden then, along with Andrew Symonds, blasted a 94 run partnership before being bowled by Irfan Pathan, making a total of 75 runs. Symonds was caught and bowled by fast-bowler Shanthakumaran Sreesanth in the 46th over after making 87 runs, and a 108-run parnership with Brad Haddin. Three overs later James Hopes was the third and final victim of Sreesanth after being caught by Rahul Dravid. Haddin survived the innings with 87 not-out, along with Brett Lee who achieved 2 runs.

India lost its first wicket shortly into the third over with Mitch Johnson bowling Gautam Gambhir for 7 runs. India didn’t lose another wicket until Symonds caught a Stuart Clark bowled ball off Sachin Tendulkar. Clark then claimed a LBW on Robin Uthappa for 41 runs. Dravid (31) then fell in the 25th over, and one over later – Pathan (1) who was run out by Clarke. Harbhajan Singh was then stumped for 4, while Ramesh Powar (17) was bowled by Clark. Zaheer Khan (3) was then caught, and India was all out when captain Mahendra Dhoni was also caught during the 47th over after making the highest score of the innings – 58. Sreesanth remained with not out for 7 runs.

Toss: India won, and chose to field first.

Flag of Australia.svg Australia innings
Player Status Runs Balls 4s 6s Strike rate
A C Gilchrist c Tendulkar b Khan 0 5 0 0 0.00
M L Hayden b Pathan 75 89 5 3 84.26
B J Hodge c Dhoni b Sreesanth 3 10 0 0 30.00
M J Clarke st Dhoni b Pathan 27 38 3 0 71.05
A Symonds c & b Sreesanth 87 83 9 2 104.81
B J Haddin not out 87 69 8 3 126.08
J R Hopes c Dravid b Sreesanth 4 4 0 0 100.00
B Lee not out 2 2 0 0 100.00
Extras (b 4, lb 2, w 15) 21
Total (6 wickets; 50 overs) 306 25 8

Fall of wickets: 1-3 (Gilchrist, 0.6 ov), 2-8 (Hodge, 3.1 ov), 3-66 (Clarke, 15.3 ov), 4-160 (Hayden, 31.1 ov), 5-268 (Symonds, 46.5 ov), 6-297 (Hopes, 49.2 ov)

Did not bat: Brad Hogg, Stuart Clark, Mitchell Johnson

Flag of India.svg India bowling
Bowler Overs Maidens Runs Wickets Econ
Z Khan 10 1 55 1 5.50
S Sreesanth 9 0 67 3 7.44
I K Pathan 10 0 47 2 4.70
H Singh 10 0 57 0 5.70
R R Powar 5 0 30 0 6.00
S R Tendulkar 3 0 22 0 7.33
Yuvraj Singh 3 0 22 0 7.33
Flag of India.svg India innings (Target: 307 runs from 50 overs)
Player Status Runs Balls 4s 6s Strike rate
G Gambhir b Johnson 7 13 1 0 53.84
S R Tendulkar c Symonds b Clark 16 25 1 1 64.00
R V Uthappa lbw b Clark 41 30 4 2 136.66
Y Singh c Hayden b Hopes 10 10 0 1 100.00
R Dravid c Johnson b Hogg 31 48 3 1 64.58
M S Dhoni c Hodge b Hogg 58 88 2 2 65.90
I K Pathan run out (Hogg/Clarke) 1 7 0 0 14.28
H Singh st Gilchrist b Clarke 4 10 0 0 40.00
R R Powar b Clarke 17 18 1 1 94.44
Z Khan c Hodge b Hogg 3 14 0 0 21.42
S Sreesanth not out 7 25 0 0 28.00
Extras (b 4, lb 6, w 10, nb 7) 27
Total (all out; 47.3 overs) 222 12 8

Fall of wickets: 1-11 (Gambhir, 3.1 ov), 2-58 (Tendulkar, 8.5 ov), 3-79 (Yuvraj Singh, 11.4 ov), 4-87 (Uthappa, 14.2 ov), 5-136 (Dravid, 25.1 ov), 6-139 (Pathan, 26.6 ov), 7-154 (Harbhajan Singh, 30.3 ov), 8-179 (Powar, 34.6 ov), 9-190 (Khan, 39.2 ov), 10-222 (Dhoni, 47.3 ov)

Flag of Australia.svg Australia bowling
Bowler Overs Maidens Runs Wickets Econ
B Lee 7 0 44 0 6.28
M G Johnson 9 1 46 1 5.11
S R Clark 6 0 14 2 2.44
J R Hopes 7 0 33 1 4.71
M J Clarke 9 1 35 2 3.88
G B Hogg 9.3 0 40 3 4.21

India: M S Dhoni (capt, wkt), R Dravid, G Gambhir, Z Khan, I K Pathan, R R Powar, H Singh, Y Singh, S Sreesanth, S R Tendulkar, R V Uthappa

Australia: S R Clark, M J Clarke, A C Gilchrist (capt, wkt), B J Haddin, M L Hayden, B J Hodge, G B Hogg, J R Hopes, M G Johnson, B Lee, A Symonds

Man of the Match: B J Haddin (Australia)

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Umpires: S A Bucknor (West Indies) and S L Shastri (India)
TV Umpire: GA Pratapkumar (India)
Match Referee: B C Broad (England)
Reserve Umpire: S K Tarapore (India)

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