IANS | Last Modified - Sep 01, 2011, 05:06 PM IST
New Delhi: The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Thursday registered a foreign exchange violation case against yoga guru Baba Ramdev, officials said.
According to sources, the ED has found evidence of Ramdev and his trusts receiving unauthorised financial assistance from the US, New Zealand and Britain.
However, Ved Pratap Vaidik, a close associate of Ramdev, said the case had been filed because of "vendetta and revenge".
"The timing of the case is suspect. If the government had all this information, why did they not file a case earlier," Vaidik told reporters.
The case has been registered under the Foreign Exchange Managment Act (FEMA), official sources added.
They said the ED has evidence of a Rs 7 crore remittance from Britain recently. Ramdev's castle in the Little Cumbrae island in Scotland is also being investigated, it is learnt. The castle in Largs town is used by Ramdev as his base outside India.
According to sources, the ED has evidence of foreign remittances to Ramdev and his trusts, including the Patanjali Yogpeeth and Divya Yoga Mandir Trust.