I've recently started looking at probity issues regarding Ramdev. 18 months ago I had tried to get basic financial information from Balakrishna and Ramdev but decided to hold off given their view that data is open to the public and that the GOI had failed to find anything
It is important to emphasise that I've switched off Ramdev after the April 2014 incident in which he clearly and publicly supported black money use by a BJP candidate. For a man who said he was against black money to hide the seizure of black money by a BJP candidate was extremely shameful.
I led a 4-day reform summit in Ramdev's Patanjali campus in April 2013. The entire strategy for this summit, including the role of Sone Ki Chidiya Federation, was discussed in great detail with Ramdev's key nominated person: Jaideep Arya, prior to the summit. Also with Ramdev briefly over the phone (from Melbourne). I also met him in a private meeting (with Shantanu) in Delhi in early April before leaving for Hardiwar where the entire political strategy was discussed. Around 100 people attended. The summit launched the SKC federation and the SKC agenda.
After the summit I met Acharya Balakrishna on 9 April 2013 to discuss progress – particularly regarding the political party. Ramdev was out of station in this period. I believe Ramdev changed his mind re: forming the party sometime during this period. This was the time when Modi was to visit Acharyakulam (on 26 April 2013). Maybe Ramdev had come to a deal with Modi by then. All I know is that during April 2013, he supported the 4-day summit but kept pushing back decisions (already taken in the past) regarding the launch party (including its registration).
Upon returning to Melbourne, I documented the perplexing situation in which actions were no longer proceeding as smoothly as they should have. I'm publishing my email to Acharya and Ramdev's gatekeepers, below. Members of my group were told by him (in person) in late May in Haridwar that we should go ahead and register the party (later renamed Swarna Bharat Party), and that he would support it in due course. Of course, that was a lie.
The reason I am providing this information publicly now is that I am increasingly convinced that Ramdev's activites are not above board.
As far as I'm concerned, nothing has been lost through my engagement with Ramdev. The liberal movement has continued to advance. We (FTI) are the creators of the Swarna Bharat Party and Sone Ki Chidiya movement and will continue to advance these institutions. We believe in TOTAL INTEGRITY and will never associate with someone of questionable integrity.
Let me add that if I find after my investigations that Ramdev is innocent I will say so publicly. But at the moment my job is to ask questions – like I did in September 2013 to investigate Modi publicly. Help me find out the truth about Ramdev by providing me information you may have. I also ask Ramdev to provide me the information I asked him more than 18 months ago – and the further information I asked Jaideep in April this year.