New Delhi: The Enforcement Directorate has begun a discreet probe into the offshore assets and investments made by yoga guru Baba Ramdev and institutions affiliated to him.
   
The ED is probing whether Ramdev's investments and transactions were carried out flouting foreign exchange laws, sources in the Directorate said.
   
On the scanner of the agency is an island in Scotland which was gifted to Ramdev by a couple who is among his ardent followers.
   
The Little Cumbrae Island, off the fishing town of Largs in Scotland, serves as Ramdev's base overseas and also as a wellness centre.
   
The probe, according to the sources, is aimed at checking the flow of money and transactions through various trusts floated by Ramdev including the Patanjali Yogpeeth Trust, Divya Yoga Mandir Trust and Bharat Swabhiman Trust.
   
The Directorate, after completing the probe, may decide to formally register a case under the provisions of the Foreign Exchange Management Act (FEMA) or the stringent Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA), if findings show anything unlawful, they said.
   
The discreet probe, also called 'source' probe by investigators, is done on the basis of available documents and intelligence information from various official databases.
   
In a related development, the CBI registered a preliminary enquiry (PE) against Balakrishna, a close aide of Ramdev, for allegedly using forged documents to acquire passport.

Ramdev attack is just 'yoga exercise': Moily Government made light of Ramdev's fresh attack, terming it as nothing more than a "yoga exercise" and took on him for claiming that Rs two lakh crore of black money have been stashed in foreign banks.

"That is one of his yoga exercises. Nothing much can be attributed to it. We have to take it as a yoga exercise," Law Minister Veerappa Moily said.
    
He was responding when asked to comment on Ramdev's attack on the government yesterday when the yoga guru was back in Delhi three weeks after being bundled out during a midnight police crackdown on his agitation at Ramlila Maidan.
    
Ramdev alleged that the government was "muzzling" voices of those who talk about black money or tell the truth and vowed to continue his fight against corruption.
    
On Ramdev's claim that Rs two lakh crore Indian black money have been stashed in foreign banks, Moily said, "If he can tell the Government how he derived the figure, we will definitely take action."

(Agencies)