Nearly a month of the death of Akhil Bharatiya Akhara Parishad (ABAP) president Mahant Narednra Giri in Prayagraj, the apex body of akharas is now a divided house with two factions.
Mahant Giri, who was the president of the largest organisation of saints in India, was found dead under mysterious circumstances at Baghambari Math in Prayagraj on September 20.
Three wills made by late seer at different times surface; the third one mentions Balbir Giri as his successor.
The Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) has issued a notification for the CBI probe into the death of the Mahant.
Anand Giri along with Adya Tiwari, head priest of bade Hanumanji temple in Prayagraj, was sent in 14-day judicial custody at Naini jail of Prayagraj on Wednesday.
Mahant Narendra Giri death case: Akhara politics intensifies as saints’ body rejects suicide theory
Earlier in the day, a panel of five doctors conducted an autopsy, after which the body was given a bath at the Sangam, the confluence of the Ganga, Yamuna and mythical Sarasvati rivers.
The arrest of his closest disciple Anand Giri, whom he has held responsible for pushing him to suicide, has led to speculations about the property over which they were engaged in a dispute.
The report says that a ligature mark was found around his neck. However, the report has ruled out any 'ante-mortem injuries' on the mahant’s body.
The mystery over the alleged suicide of Mahant Narendra Giri deepened as in the note recovered from his room, he expressed the fear of getting maligned by his disciple Anand Giri.
Swami Anand Giri, whose name was mentioned in the suicide note found in the room of the mahant, was booked for abetment to suicide.
Pragya Singh Thakur sought a thorough probe either by the CBI, NIA or any other agency into the death of Akhil Bharatiya Akhada Parishad president Mahant Narendra Giri.
Claiming that Mahant Giri could not commit suicide, ex-minister and rape accused Chinmayanad said the seer was in touch with the people belonging to a political party and they were very close to him.
Raut said that the ABAP president's demise seems to hold some secrets and him committing suicide seems absurd as the person who guides everyone cannot do such a thing.
CM Yogi Adityanath said that the incident would be investigated and the culprits would be adequately punished as per the law.