New Delhi: Acharya Balkrishna, the CEO of Patanjali Ayurved, who recently became one of the richest men in India, has reportedly furnished a fake graduate degree in Sanskrit and also a forged high school degree to acquire a passport.
The CBI said Acharya’s passport was issued on the basis of forged degrees.
According to The Indian Express, Balkrishna’s ‘Purv Madhyma’ high school degree and ‘Shastri’, a Sanskrit degree from Sampurna Nand Sanskrit University do not exist on the university records.
Acharya was charged with cheating and criminal conspiracy for producing fake documents in 2012. He was arrested in the same year but all charges were dropped against him when NDA came into power.
A response to an RTI query revealed that Patanjali Ayurveda had donated Rs 11,00,000 to the BJP, in 2009, as donation for general elections, a news report said.
The billionaire Patanjali was born in a Nepalese family who later migrated to India.