New twist to AOL extortion call case


Prime VIP
Bangalore, June 30

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar-led Art of Living (AOL) foundation’s claim yesterday that it was receiving anonymous extortion calls took a new twist today after Agni Sridhar, a don turned writer and filmmaker, claimed that he was demanding money for 15 acres of land illegally acquired by the AOL.

Sridhar, who allegedly “handled” loan defaulters before he turned to more conventional professions, said 15 acres of land at Kanakpura area of the city where Ravi Shankar had set up his ashram belonged to his “friend” Paul. The land was illegally acquired by the foundation, Sridhar alleged.

He said he met Ravi Shankar in person recently and demanded payment for the land. “I did not make any phone call to him. Attempt is being made to intimidate me by saying there was an extortion call”, Sridhar said.