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Shirdi Sai Baba controversy: Vadodara court summons Shankaracharya

A local court in Vadodara on Monday issued summons to Dwarka Shankaracharya Swami Swaroopanand Saraswati in response to a complaint >accusing the pontiff of insulting Sai Baba of Shirdi.

The court of first class judicial magistrate D.J. Prajapati issued summons to the Shankaracharya asking him to appear before the court on August 26. Advocate Nalin Patel, president of the Baroda Bar Association, had filed a complaint against the seer for allegedly passing derogatory remarks against Sai Baba.

The Shankaracharya, reportedly a Congress supporter, recently stoked controversy after he described Sai Baba as a Muslim ascetic and he found no mention in the Shastras and Vedas. He said the Muslims did not revere the mystic as much as Hindus did. Protests broke out over his remarks in Varanasi.

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