Controversial Spiritual Leader Chandraswami Dies at 66
Controversial godman Chandraswami died on Tuesday after suffering a renal failure. He suffered a stroke and died at the Apollo Hospital at the age of 66.
Chandraswami, whose actual name was Nemi Chand, shot to fame as an astrologer.
He is said to have given spiritual advice to other popular figures such as Sultan of Brunei, Sheikh Isa bin Salman Al Khalifa of Bahrain, actress Elizabeth Taylor, British PM Margaret Thatcher, arms dealer Adnan Khashoggi, and crime Lord Dawood Ibrahim.
Often mired in controversy, his name cropped up in investigations into the assassination of former Prime Miniser Rajiv Gandhi. In its report on the assassination, the Jain Commission dedicated a volume to his alleged involvement in the case. Seventeen years after Rajiv Gandhi's assassination, the Enforcement Directorate was still investigating Chadraswami's role as the financier.
Chandraswami, who was a Jain by religion, was a devote of Maa Kali and interested in studying Tantra from an early age.
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