Sarathi Baba

Sarathi Baba
Born Santosh Raul
1968/1969 (age 48-49)
Ganjam district, Odisha, India
OccupationSpiritual guru
ChildrenSatyam Sekhar Raul (adopted)


Sarathi Baba or Srimad Sarathi Dev (created Santosh Raul) is a self-proclaimed godman from Odisha, India, presently under analysis for scams. On 4 August 2015, a Television channel, Prameya Information7, ran a written report of him being truly a charlatan. The route claimed that he previously stayed in an extravagance hotel in Hyderabad with a woman. The record also included pictures of him putting on a T-shirt and denims. This triggered wide-spread protests in the condition. He was caught on 8 August 2015. By Sept 2015, the condition police is looking into various costs against him.


MahipalaSarathi Baba was created as Santosh Raul in Ganjam area. Later, his family members shifted to Kendrapara area. His dad was an energy meter audience in Mahipala, Kendrapara. He finished his matriculation from Gulnagar SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL, Gulnagar, Kendrapara and became a member of Kendrapara Autonomous University, Kendrapara. He lowered out and worked well as an errand son for some time before leaving city in 1985.In 1992, he returned and established a little ashram in Barimula for the Kendrapara-Indupur street. He started organising satsangs. He also started performing wonders like materialising vibhuti and dripping honey from his ft. With this, he started attracting huge crowds. He stated to become an avatar of Krishna and asked his youthful feminine devotees to provide him as gopis.Sarathi Baba's relationships was not amicable using the local people. On 12 November 2013, Kendrapara local people got protested by blockading a highway with burning up tires. They stated the people and site visitors of Sarathi Baba's Barimula ashram had been encroaching land utilizing the main street, the cremation floor and grazing areas for car parking. In January 2015, local people met the Area Collector Pramod Kumar Das and demanded actions against Sarathi. They stated that he was encroaching property and employing goons to quieten them. Nevertheless, an aide of Sarathi stated that the local people were simply jealous of his recognition.



On 4 August 2015, a Television channel broadcast a written report which showed Sarathi Baba within a resort lobby in Banjara Hillsides, Hyderabad. The Baba who generally used traditional whites, was observed in a T-shirt and skinny jeans. He had examined and remained with a ladies in her 20s, whom he previously presented as his wife, from three to five 5 July. The survey claimed that he previously ordered rooster and alcoholic beverages. A previous aide of Sarathi, Kailash Chandra Mallick, also made an appearance on the survey and stated that the Sarathi's community image and wonders were constructed.IT channels identified the girl being a 24-year-old MBBS student at Shri Ramachandra Bhanj Medical University, Cuttack. Sarathi Baba taken care of immediately the survey as an effort to defame him.


By 4 August evening, protests had begun in Kendrapara, Bhubaneswar and other areas of the condition. On 5 August, several Sarathi's devotees organised a press meeting to guard him. But, these were encircled by users of women's privileges groups. That they had to become rescued by the authorities. On 5 August, Sarathi Baba informed the press that he previously not attended Hyderabad. He accepted those images to become his personal. But added that this images had been from a resort in Ujjain. Later on, the TV stations produced plane solution information of Sarathi and his feminine companion.On 6 August 2015, the federal government of Odisha directed the Criminal offense Branch of Odisha Law enforcement to research the accusations of sex scandal and financial malpractices against Sarathi. On a single day, law enforcement in Barimula lathi billed protestors and broken vehicles close to the ashram. On a single time, the MBBS student's mom told TV stations that her girl is at her university hostel from three to five 5 July. Afterwards, the TV stations created the student's keep application.On 7 August, the protests continued in Kendrapara region. The protesters pelted rocks close to the Barimula ashram. The authorities fired rip gas and lathi billed to dispel the mob. Section 144 of Code of Lawbreaker Treatment, 1973 (unlawful assembly) imposed to avoid even more rioting. Also on 7 August, Nitinjeet Singh was appointed the Kendrapada Superintendent of law enforcement, changing Satish Gajbhiye. In the mean time, the MBBS college student appeared on the phone interview having a Television channel and stated that Sarathi had been trapped inside a conspiracy by a few of his affiliates.Also on past due 7 August 2015, the MBBS student filed a complaint at a Cuttack police train station that four former associates of Sarathi have been harassing her since prior to the controversy. She stated that they possessed a video of her bathing and experienced threatened release a it. She added that on the instruction she experienced insisted to Sarathi that he consider her with him to Hyderabad.

Arrest and investigation

On 8 August 2015, Sarathi was arrested from his ashram. He was booked under Section 420 (scams), 120 (B) (legal conspiracy) and 341 (wrongful restraint) from the Indian Penal Code, and in addition under Arms Work, 1959 and Planned Caste and Planned Tribe (Avoidance of Atrocities) Work, 1989. The girl was delivered to her hometown Paradip and provided police protection.The authorities officials said that Sarathi had admitted to going to Hyderabad beneath the interrogation. On 13 August, Satish Gajbhiye was suspended for using extra force while managing the protesters. The authorities reopened a lacking person case from Apr 2013. He was a devotee and a chit account agent had opted to Sarathi's ashram but had opted lacking. Also the same day time, the condition education division suspended a general public school instructor, Sarat Patra, who was simply also a close affiliate from the Baba. Patra got spoken at a press meeting in the defence of Sarathi.On 15 August 2015, the MBBS college student filed an initial information record (FIR) under claiming that Sarathi's ladies aides had threatened to get rid of her if she spoke against him. Also on 15 August 2015, his bail petition was declined. On 19 August 2015, a female filed a problem in Nikirai, Kendrapara, declaring that her spouse and her in-laws tortured after she didn't submit to Sarathi after her relationship in January 2015. On 19 August, Satyam Sekhar Roul, the used child of Sarathi, was caught from a resort in Mumbai. He previously been in concealing. Also on 19 August, Pramod Mohanty, a detailed aide of Sarathi, passed away. His family stated that he passed away because of a coronary attack caused by tension plus they cremated him lacking any autopsy in Jagatsinghpur. He had been questioned by the authorities about his associate using the godman.On 26 August, the state admitted towards the legislative assembly it had provided grants or loans to Sarathi Baba from general public funds. Around the suggestions of BJD MLAs, Bed Prakash Agrawal and Pratap Keshari Deb, ₹15.4 lakh (US$24,000) was granted for creating a Sarathi community center and two Sarathi temples. Deb stated that folks in his constituency experienced contacted him for community center in Bharatpur near Patrapur. But after it had been completed it had been called after Sarathi. Agrawal stated that he produced the recommendation due to the people's demand. Ashok Chandra Panda, the condition tourism minister, exposed that Agrawal experienced recommended that this ashram be specified a tourist place.On 27 August, the declaration of Surendra Mallick, the supervisor from the Barimula ashram, was recorded in Kendrapada courtroom. On 28 August, Sarat Patra, an integral aide of Sarathi, was imprisoned by the authorities. The suspended college teacher was billed with intimidating the medical pupil. Another woman got come forwards and complained that Patra got coerced females into having intimate relations using the Baba. On 30 August, even more suspects, Pilaski Swain, Biswajit Patnaik and Haris Chandra Das, had been arrested. That they had allegedly used ₹20 lakh (US$31,000) from Satyam to greatly help him escape the authorities. About ₹16.95 lakh (US$26,000) was recovered from their website.On 15 Sept, Patra's bail connection was approved. On 2 Dec, Satyam Raul was granted bail with the Odisha High Courtroom.

Discovered assets

His 2.47 acres (1.00 ha) ashram in Barimula, Kendrapara, continues to be estimated to become worthy of ₹4.48 crore (US$700,000). On 12 August 2015, a Criminal offense Branch official informed the mass media that that they had present ₹2.55 crore (US$400,000) deposited in about 22 bank accounts owned by Sarathi. By 14 August, the authorities has discovered 50 plots worthy of ₹1 crore (US$160,000) owned by the Baba. In addition they discovered 30–40 branches of Sarathi's company across the condition. These organisations utilized to collect money from devotees. By 23 August, the authorities got seized ₹27 lakh (US$42,000) from accounts under Satyam's name.Satyam used to control the film creation business Srimad Sarathi Productions, that used to create music albums and movies. The Odia film Bachelor released in 2012 was its initial feature film.

Protests against other gurus

Following a arrest of Sarathi Baba, people in Odisha started protesting against other alleged fraud spiritual leaders. This pressured many gurus to visit underground and pressured authorities to start out investigations against them. On 30 August 2015, protesters vandalised an ashram owned by Sura Baba around the outskirts of Bhubaneswar, and arranged fire on many automobiles in the substance. On 31 August, Sura Baba and his two sons had been arrested using their ashram. On 5 Sept 2015, forest officials evicted a godman, Bana Baba, from his ashram Darshanibanta near Konark. His ashram was encroaching 19.6 acres (7.9 ha) of protected forest beneath the Balukhand-Konark Animals Sanctuary.


On 17 Dec 2015, the Criminal offense Branch of Odisha Law enforcement formally filed charge-sheets against Sarathi, his kid and four others. On 11 January 2016, Sarathi was provided on the sub-divisional judicial magistrate (SDJM) courtroom after an extended absence from community view. A mob of devotees collected on the premises to obtain a glance of him. Many devotees, mostly females, threw petals on him and attemptedto garland him. But, these were kept back by the authorities.

See also

Godman (India) Superstition in India

Further reading

"Sarathi Baba's Trip From a University Dropout to Religious Guru". Amazing Orissa. 6 August 2015.