Raid on Gujarat sadhvi nets Rs 1.2 crore in 2000 rupee notes and 24 gold bars

Even though Gujarat is a dry state, the sadhvi, who heads a temple trust in Banaskantha district, possessed alcohol.

Raid on Gujarat sadhvi nets Rs 1.2 crore in 2000 rupee notes and 24 gold bars

Sadhvi Jai Shree Giri, a Hindu nun in northern Gujarat, has been arrested for not paying Rs 5 crore due for buying gold biscuits in November.

A local jeweller had complained earlier this week to police that the sadhvi, who heads a temple trust in Banaskantha district, had ignored several reminders to cough up the money, NDTV.com reported.

Police recovered 24 gold bars worth about Rs 80 lakh and Rs 1.2 crore in cash, all in new 2000-rupee notes. Police also found bottles of alcohol in her home though Gujarat is a Prohibition state.

"We have lodged a case against three persons. So far, we have arrested the main accused which is the sadhvi," NDTV quoted a policeman as saying.

Earlier, in December, shortly after the demonetisation drive launched by Prime minister Narendra Modi on November 8, the sadhvi incited a controversy when she was filmed throwing 2000-rupee bills worth one crore at singers at a public event.

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