Apex body of sadhus release list of 14 ‘fake babas’, demands crackdown on ‘rootless cult leaders’

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Allahabad: The Akhil Bharatiya Akhara Parishad on Sunday released a list of 14 “fake babas” and demanded a crackdown on “rootless cult leaders” by bringing in a legislation.

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.

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.”

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