Bengaluru, Feb 25, 2017: A well-known astrologer, whose clients include senior political leaders, businesspersons and Bollywood stars, has been accused of cheating a businessman of Rs. 2 crore after promising advertising space in the Bengaluru palace premises three years ago.
In his complaint to the R.T. Nagar police on Thursday, the businessman, Ashraf Ali, alleged that Chandrashekar Bhat, better known as Chandrashekar Swamiji, and his wife claimed to be close to the royal family. They allegedly forged their signature in the documents for approval for the contract.
The police have collected the documents and circumstantial evidence, sources said.
The police said that the case was referred to them by a court following which an FIR has been filed against Chandrashekhar Bhat, his wife Rajni C. Bhat and their associate Girish Kamath from Mangaluru. They have been charged with forgery and cheating.
Police sources said that Bhat is missing since news of the complaint emerged.
Bhat is from Mulki in Dakshina Kannada district. He is among the most sought-after astrologers in the city. In 2013, sleuths of the Income Tax Department had searched his premises and recovered documents that revealed undisclosed income.