Self-styled godman, Chandraswami, a former spiritual adviser to Narasimha Rao, has died at 66. Chandraswami was on dialysis for a long time and had also suffered a stroke.
A known spiritual adviser to several politicians, he was investigated in several high-profile scams as well. Take a look at these facts:
Chandraswami was born as Nemi Chand in 1948 at Behror, Rajasthan. He was the only son of a powerful money-lender.
He was very close to former PM Narasimha Rao. His sprawling ashram in Delhi was used as a venue for several secret meetings and deals.
Reportedly, Chandraswami has also advised the Sultan of Brunei, actress Elizabeth Taylor, British PM Margaret Thatcher, arms dealer Adnan Khashoggi and gangster Dawood Ibrahim.
In 1996, Chandraswami was arrested on charges of cheating a London-based businessman of Rs. 3 crore.
In 1999, his name also figured in the Rajiv Gandhi murder case.
In his book, Jairam Ramesh claimed that Chandraswami convinced then PM, Narasimha Rao, to take the line of credit being offered by the Sultan of Brunei to save India from financial crisis.
Chandraswami claimed himself to be a tantric. He revealed that he lived in jungles in Bihar for four years and got these powers.
He has also been known to take a huge commission in the Harrods deal.
In an income tax raid on one of his ashrams, paper evidence of original payment drafts of Khashoggi, amounting to $11 million (over 70 crore) was found.
In 2009, the Supreme Court lifted the travel ban imposed on Chandraswami and allowed him to travel internationally after almost a decade.
In June 2011, the Enforcement Directorate imposed a fine of 9 crors on Chandraswami for Foreign Exchange Regulation Act violations.
Well, all we can say is, may his soul rest in peace!