Odisha’s Self-Proclaimed Godman Sarathi Baba Granted Bail

Cuttack: Sarathi Baba alias Santosh Roul, a self-proclaimed godman of Odisha, was on Monday granted bail by Orissa High Court against a bail bond of Rs. 2 lakh and two bailers.

The High Court has directed him not to influence witnesses and cooperate in the investigation. The lower court may also set additional conditions in the bail granted.

The controversial godman was arrested by the Crime Branch on August 8, 2015, from his Barimula ashram in Kendrapara district on charges of sexual exploitation and cheating.

A woman and her daughter had complained that Sarathi had exploited them both sexually and physically apart from defrauding them of their gold ornaments and money.

Sarathi Baba had been granted bail in two other cases, earlier.

He will be released from Choudwar Circle Jail in Cuttack district where he has been lodged for over three years.

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