A fraudster, who had posed himself as godman and decamped with gold ornaments collected from gullible people by promising to solve their health and financial problems, was arrested by the Cyberabad police on Friday.

The 37-year-old Shivoham Rama Shivanujam, brought up at Shivoham Jnana Guru Peetham at Kaladi in Thrissur of Kerala, is a scholar of Krishna Yajurvedam. The Cyberabad Special Operations Team of Balanagar also nabbed his wife Shivoham Tejasvi (29) and seized 1.92 kg of gold ornaments from their possession. In 2001, the accused had come to Hyderabad and used to perform yagams and puja and, subsequently, launched his own spiritual centre, Tatva Peetham, at Yousufguda and later shifted to Erragadda, said Cyberabad Commissioner of Police VC Sajjanar. He also delivered spiritual discourse on television channels.

“During special prayers, he asked followers to put gold ornaments in small silver pots. He would then ask them to leave the room or close their eyes and pray. He replaced the pots with ones filled with rice or stones,” he said. Mr Sajjanar said the accused also made money by mortgaging the jewellery. “He was involved in 11 cases in Hyderabad and AP,” the Commissioner added. One of the victims was a police officer’s wife.

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