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Baba Ramdev declares business assets


June 9, 2011 - Haridwar

Yoga guru Baba Ramdev, who has been accused of financial malpractices by his critics, including Congress General Secretary Digvijay Singh, on Thursday declared the assets of firms and trusts associated with him.

Ramdev's close aide Acharya Balakrishna, while giving details of Ramdev's financial assets said: "The details of our accounts are published on our website. We have followed all RBI and taxation rules. Our trusts are transparent. We have spent Rs. 249 crore in charity. We have given free medical treatment in many villages. The capital with Patanjali trust is Rs. 164 crores."

Meanwhile, Ramdev, who had a 'maun vrat' or vow of silence, said that he was declaring on his website the financial details of his empire and keeping his commitment to complete transparency

Ramdev said he had stolen people's hearts, not money.Digvijay Singh had on Sunday justified the government crackdown on the yoga guru, saying the treatment meted out to Ramdev was appropriate.

"There are certain laws and regulations in the country, you cannot allow people like Ramdev to run riot in the capital city. He was trying to incite people in the Ramlila maidan," he said.

Singh said Ramdev had reached an agreement, but still went ahead with his fast.

"This is another way of fooling people. He deceived the entire country," he added.

Singh's remarks came after Ramdev was evicted along with thousands of his supporters from Delhi's Ramlila ground in a midnight drama on Sunday, where he was sitting on an indefinite fast-unto-death' demanding that black money stashed in safe havens abroad be brought back to India.

ANI

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