Chitra Ramkrishna, the former head of the country’s biggest stock exchange, was questioned by the CBI at her home in Mumbai for more than 12 hours today over a market manipulation case.
The 59-year-old former CEO and managing director of the National Stock Exchange (NSE), is also under investigation for allegedly sharing confidential information with a ‘yogi’ in the Himalayas, who also influenced his decisions.
A report by the Securities Exchange Board of India (SEBI) alleges that Ms Ramkrishna shared classified information including NSE’s financial and business plans, dividend scenario, financial results with the yogi.
The report includes Ms Ramkrishna’s response to SEBI on questions about his bizarre reliance on the spiritual guru and his email exchanges with an “unknown person”, believed to be him.
SEBI noted, based on the emails, that Ms Ramkrishna met this person “several times in 2015”. She led the Fellowship from 2013 to 2016.
The “unknown person” used the email id firstname.lastname@example.org. Ms Ramkrishna told SEBI the email was handled by a “Sidhha Purusha/yogi who perhaps lived largely in the Himalayan ranges”.
“I have met him several times in holy places. No location coordinates are given,” she told the regulator.
When asked how, living in the Himalayas, the yogi was able to access emails and correspond regularly. “To the best of my knowledge, their spiritual powers do not require them to have such physical coordinates,” she replied.
Calling him a ‘spiritual force’, she told SEBI: ‘I first met him on the banks of the Ganges almost 20 years ago directly. Subsequently, over the years, I followed his advice on many personal and professional matters. since he would manifest at will and I had no location coordinates, I asked him for a way to seek his advice whenever I felt the need. As a result, he gave me an ID on which I could send my requests.”
The SEBI order also lists emails between the two.
* An email dated February 17, 2015 from the yogi read: “…ps keep your bags ready, I’m planning a trip to the Seychelles next month, I’ll try if you can come with me, before Kanchan Going to London with Kaanchana and Barghava and you to New Zealand with two kids HK is a preferred transit or Singapore for onward journey If you need any help let me know Seshu will arrange. If you know how to swim, we could enjoy a sea bath in Seychelles and rest at the beach. I ask my tour operator to connect with Kanchan for all our tickets (sic).”
* In an email dated February 18, 2015, the ‘unknown person’ wrote to Ms Ramkrishna: ‘Today you look awesome. You need to learn different ways to style your hair which will make your appearance interesting and attractive! Just one of the free tips, I know you’ll grab this. Keep mid-March kinda free (sic).”
On February 25, 2015, the same sender wrote to Mrs. Ramkrishna: “…PS: I heard with Kanchan when you said, get ready and go, get ready, the countdown starts now, I accept Seychelles where you can relax (sic).”
On September 16, 2015, the stranger’s email to Ms. Ramkrishna said, “Did you hear that Makara Kundala song I sent? You must hear the resonance of these iterations. Glad to see some joy, on your face and absolutely in your I looked forward to the time spent with you yesterday.These little things you did for yourself make you feel younger and more energetic.