Plea against Nirmal Baba reveals no cognisable offence: Cop

The Delhi Police today told a court here that no cognisable offence is made out against self-proclaimed godman Nirmal Baba in a complaint, which has accused him of cheating people and breaching their trust.

"No cognisable offence is made out in the matter," the police said in its action-taken-report on the complaint to Metropolitan Magistrate Aparna Swamy.

A cognisable offence is a criminal offence in which the police is empowered to register an FIR and investigate the offence on its own and arrest an accused without any warrant issued by a court.

The police submitted the ATR to the court on a complaint of advocate Prem Shankar Sharma, who has sought directions to police to register an FIR against Nirmaljeet Singh Narula, popularly known as Nirmal Baba, for allegedly cheating, committing criminal breach of trust and hurting religious sentiments of the people.

The agency also said since Nirmal Baba's office is located at Kalkaji in South Delhi, the complaint was forwarded there and thereafter, a status report was obtained from the office of the Additional CP (South East District).

It its ATR, the police said as per the legal opinion, obtained from the prosecution branch, no cognisable offence is made out in the matter.

The advocate has also sought lodging of an FIR against Baba for his alleged offences under the Drugs and Magic Act, committed due to airing of objectionable advertisements on TV channels for treatment of diseases.

He alleged Nirmal Baba was "spreading blind faith in the society" by airing shows like 'Third Eye of Nirmal Baba' on TV channels where he asks people to follow his preachings and guidelines to become rich and get rid of all problems in life, while his only motive is to make money.

The complainant said Nirmal Baba is a "fraud with no degree in religious teachings" and spreads fear among people by claiming that he has supernatural powers and asking them "to deposit ten per cent of their income in his bank account to receive his blessings."

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