Cuttack: The Orissa High Court today granted permission to self-proclaimed godman Santosh Roul alias Sarathi Baba for preaching sermon (Pravachan).
As per the conditions laid down by the High Court, a maximum of 200 persons can participate in his Pravachan programmes with strict adherence to COVID-19 protocols.
Sarathi had in 2019 moved the High Court seeking permission for the same.
Sarathi was released from Choudwar Circle Jail here on July 25, 2019 after getting bail on July 17, 2019. The court had directed him not to influence witnesses and cooperate in the investigation process. This apart, he was prohibited from going to his ashram at Barimula in Kendrapara district.
Notably, Sarathi Baba was arrested by the Crime Branch on August 8, 2015 from his Barimula ashram on charges of sexual and physical exploitation of women apart from cheating devotees.