Kendrapara, July 28 (LocalWire): Two days after self-styled godman Sarathi Baba alias Santosh Roul was released from jail on bail, after languishing four years in jail, the Enforcement Directorate on Saturday attached all his immovable properties under Section 8 (Prevention of money laundering Act), 2002.
A four-member ED team visited Roul’s sprawling ashram stretched across 2.47 acres in Barimula village on the outskirts of Kendrapara town and issued an attachment notice.
The properties are now under ED’s custody.
The sale deed of the properties and entry into the ashram is prohibited.
Trespassers into the ashram will be prosecuted, ED officials said.
Roul was arrested by crime branch wing of the state police in 2015 in a four-year-old case of assaulting and cheating a woman and her daughter in Kendrapara district.
The godman was booked under various criminal sections of IPC, including cheating people by misleading through religious and spiritual practices.
He also faced charges of intimidating and issuing threats to a woman medico.
The ashram, a modern and well-equipped one with well-furnished guest house was earlier evaluated at Rs 4.48 crore.
It has ceramic tiles and marble flooring.
The 3760 square-feet-stretch double-storied main building inside the ashram premises was evaluated at Rs 1.18 crore while the cost of the three-storied guest house was estimated at Rs 94.33 lakh.
The library was valued at Rs 70 lakh while the inquiry and reception counters were assessed at Rs 17.05 lakh.
The prayer halls with pipe and angle frame structures were valued at Rs 43 lakh.
The compound wall of the 2.47 acre ashram was of an estimated value of Rs 28 lakh as per current market price.
Besides, the courtyard and parking space area with its concrete floor area was of estimated value of Rs 80 lakh.
The ashram was replete with several structures of gods and goddesses.
It had sculptures of animals and four decorative gates for entry and exit.