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We have not fled the country, Kalki tells followers
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We have not fled the country, Kalki tells followers

S Murari

Vijayakumar, a self-styled godman who calls himself Kalki Bhagavan, has told his followers that he has not fled the country as is being spread after income tax raids in his ashram in Chittoor and Tamil Nadu.

Flanked his wife who calls her Amma Bhagavan, Kalki has posted a video message in which he has told his followers: We wish to inform you. We are very much in Nemam( in Tamil Nadu ) and we are in very good health”.

The 70-year god man has thanked his devotees for posting “wonderful messages” on social media.

In the video which went viral on Tuesday, Kalki said the IT department had not accused them of fleeing the country, but the media had done so. “Whenever there is a crisis, grace steps up. The thousands of followers and devotees are our strength. We will not leave them,” he said in his brief talk.

According to him, ‘life is as usual’ at ‘Satyaloka’ near Kuppam, ‘Ekam’ (Oneness) campus in Varadaiahpalem (both in Chittoor district of Andhra Pradesh) and Nemam on the outskirts of Chennai.

The video message was posted prior to Kalki’s son Krishna and his wife Preeti appeared before the income tax department in Chennai on Wednesday in response to summons to answer questions about the recovery of over Rs 45 crore unaccounted cash and another Rs 20 crore in foreign currencies plus 88 kg of gold ornaments, 1271 carats of diamond.