Kalki Bhagavan to be questioned by I-T department

Chennai: As curtains came down on the nearly week-long searches in multiple premises linked to self-styled spiritual guru Kalki Bhagavan, Income Tax department sources said the ‘undisclosed’ income detected could exceed Rs 600 crore and the self-styled godman may be summoned for questioning.

The trusts and companies led by Kalki alais Vijay Kumar, who propounded what he called ‘oneness philosophy’, were also likely to face probe under the Black Money (Undisclosed Foreign Income and Assets) and Imposition of Tax Act, 2015, the sources said.

During the six-day long searches, which ended on Monday, the group was found to have invested in firms in the country and abroad, including in tax havens, they claimed.

On Tuesday, Kalki, also hailed as ‘Sri Amma Bhagavan’ by his followers, in a video message scotched rumours that he has fled the country.

”We have not fled the country, nor have we gone anywhere… we are only in Nemam (near Chennai) and we wish to inform you that we are in very good health and that we are perfectly fine,” he said in the video in which his wife was also seen.

”Whenever there is a big crisis the grace steps up enormously,” he said adding he continued to conduct classes and spiritual activities were on as usual. I-T sources told PTI the undisclosed income could be in excess of Rs 600 crore, adding investigation was in progress.

The searches were conducted by multiple teams comprising over 200 personnel.

NT Bureau