Santhigiri Ashram denies reports of raid, says vested interests launching allegations
Thiruvananthapuram: Gururatnam Jnana Thapaswi, spokesperson for the Santhigiri Ashram here, said that no raid was held in the ashram in search of the gold smuggling case accused, Swapna Suresh.
He was speaking to the media at a press conference in Thiruvananthapuram. He also said that CCTVs are installed in the ashram and that anyone entering or leaving the ashram will be captured in the CCTV.
“Certain online media had reported that Thiruvananthapuram Santhigiri Ashram was raided in connection with the gold smuggling case. The customs had enquired with me regarding this but no raid was held. Whoever enters or leaves the ashram will be caught in the CCTVs installed in the ashram. This was conveyed to the customs department” Gururatnam Jnana Thapaswi said.
He also said that he met Swapna for the last time in 2016 and that he took part in many programmes organised by the UAE Consulate. He alleged that people with vested interests are the ones launching allegations against the ashram. Certain factions are trying to tarnish the image of the ashram.
Gururatnam Jnana Thapaswi also added that he knew the accused only in her capacity as a staff of the UAE Consulate.