New Delhi, July 23: A CBI team from Dehradun has arrived in Varanasi to check the educational testimonials of Acharya Balkrishna, key aide to yoga guru Swami Ramdev.
CBI officials say that the High School certificate and degree shown by Acharya Balkrishna while applying for a passport from the Bareilly passport office were fake.
CBI officials said, Balkrishna had claimed that he had passed Poorva Madhyama (High School) in 1991 and Shastri (graduation) in Sanskrit in 1996 from Radhakrishna Sanskrit Mahavidyalaya, Khurja near Bulandshahar, UP. The college is affiiliated to Sampoornananda Sanskrit Vishwavidyalaya (University), but the names do not appear in the university's records.
The noose around Balkrishna seems to be tightening as the CBI inquiries into his testimonials have found that his degrees issued from the University here were fake.
Registrar of Sampurna Nand Sanskrit University Rajnish Shukla said the investigating agency came to the conclusion after records were matched. The enrolment numbers indicated in the fudged documents belong to a different student, he added.
Balkrishna's two degrees 'Purv Madhyma', a high school degree issued in 1991 and 'Shastri', a Sanskrit degree in 1996 don't figure in the university's records, he said.
The documents show Krishna Sanskrit Mahavidyalaya, an affiliate of the university, as the issuing authority, Shukla said adding the vice-chancellor has declared the documents fake.
Acharya Balkrishna,presently the Vice-Chancellor of Ramdev's Patanjali Yoga Peeth and managing director of most of Swami Ramdev's companies, has not reacted to the CBI charge of forgery and misinformation.
Under the Indian Passports Act, a person who makes false claims while filing an application, is liable to be prosecuted and may face imprisonment and/or fine.