Nainital, Jul 28: An Uttarakhand High Court judge today recused himself from hearing a petition by yoga guru Ramdev's aide Balkrishna seeking quashing of an FIR filed by the CBI charging him with procuring fake educational degrees and using them for getting a passport.
The petition came up before Justice P C Pant who refused to hear the matter and referred it to Chief Justice Varin Ghose, said Rajendra Dobhal, the counsel for Balkrishna.
The petition would now be put before another judge, he said.
Balkrishna, who is facing charges of procuring fake educational degrees and using them for getting a passport, was summoned by the CBI to appear in its office here today for interrogation and there were reports that he might be arrested by the investigating agency.
Balkrishna has sent a fax to CBI seeking 20 days' time to appear before the agency stating that his passport is with British High Commission.
The agency, however, turned down his plea and asked him to appear without passport tomorrow.
Balkrishna had gone “missing” from his Divya Yog Mandir ashram residence at Haridwar on Jul 25, a day after CBI registered 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