Director Agni Shridhar (Agni Sreedhar) was recently in news for his fight against the Karnataka Censor Board over the release of his movie Thamassu. Now, he is back in news once again. This time it is not for any movie, but for making allegations against Ravi Shankar Guruji of Art of Living Ashrama. He has claimed that Ravi Shankar has allegedly acquired the 15 acres of land that belonged to a person called Mr. Paul. He has also said that he has involved in several illegal activities at his ashrama.
But Ravi Shankar has made a counter attack by filing a case against Shridhar stating that he made a threatening phone call to him. In an interview to Kannada news channel Suvarna, Shridhar said, “I've called him over phone and threatened Ravi Shankar. In fact, I visited his Ashrama in person and spoke to him about his illegal activities and I also said that he would hold a legal fight against him if he would not do justice to Mr. Paul."
The social activist-cum-journalist claims that Ravi Shankar is cheating poor and humble people. He said, “Ravi Shankar is not a guruji/swamiji at all. At least, Nithyananda is a swamiji and has done several good works for society. In fact, Ravi is the person behind Nithyananda"s sex scandal because these days, many foreign tourists are visiting his Ashrama and number of visitors to his Ashrama had drastically gone down, which forced him to trap him and defame his image."
He added, “Ravi Shankar has done nothing to public/common man. Instead, he has cheated several farmers, who have got land around his Ashrama. He knows how to tour in helicopters. He has allegedly made a huge amount of property. His sister has got 18 cars. Where did they come from? He knows art of cheating not Art of Living."
Meanwhile, Prasad, a senior teacher at the Art of Living Foundation School, has denied his allegations stating that the Ashrama has not acquired Paul"s land. But he admitted that they have bought the land of Vijay and Mohan in a legal way. He also dismissed his claims that he has involved in several illegal activities at Ashrama.
Talking about Prasad, Shridhar said that he had not seen the real face of Guruji. He said, “Prasad doesn't know anything about his activities. Ravigowda, Prakash Jain, Narasimhan know about all alleged activities of Guruji. Even if they get little charging from the police, they will reveal lot of information about his illegal activities in the Ashrama."
However, Shridhar said that even he has got CDs about his alleged acts. He insisted that Swamiji should settle the land issue as early as possible and do justice to Mr. Paul. Otherwise, his fight against him would take a serious mode and he has to face the further consequences.