Chennai: Efforts are on by the Income-Tax (IT) department to trace Vijay Kumar alias Kalki Bhagavan and his wife in the tax evasion case.
Recent raids at the ‘Oneness University’ centres and offices run by the couple and their son led to the seizure of close to Rs 93 crore unaccounted cash, gold and assets.
It is said that the I-T sleuths are facing a tough situation with the investigation as the self-styled godman was not found during the searches and did not turn up for inquiry.
When the investigating team inquired with the ashram members they claimed that Bhagavan and his wife had not come to the ashram for the past two years.
It may be noted that, following intelligence input, raids were conducted in 40 places belonging to Kalki. It resulted in the seizure of cash, gold, foreign currencies and diamonds.
Bhagavan runs Oneness University in Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Tamilandu. He later expanded to north India and other countries.
In the city, he runs 20 branches, including a main centre near Poonamallee, it is said.
He is alleged to have been evading tax payments, and officials reportedly found that much of their assets were unaccounted.
Krishna, Kalki’s son, had allegedly made several investments abroad, including in some companies based in China, US, Singapore and UAE.