Swapna Patker is an Indian psychologist, writer, film producer, and businesswoman. In August 2022, an audio tape of the Indian politician Sanjay Raut went viral in which he was said to be abusing Swapna.
Swapna Patker was born on Friday, 16 April 1982 (age 40 years; as of 2022) in Mumbai. Her zodiac sign is Taurus. She attended the Indira Gandhi National Open University and the University of Mumbai, Mumbai. She did a Bachelor of Homeopathic Medicine and Surgery. In 2021, she was accused of obtaining a fake PhD degree from Chhatrapati Shahuji Maharaj University, Kanpur.
Height (approx.): 5′ 6″
Hair Colour: Brown
Eye Colour: Brown
Parents & Siblings
There is not much information available about her parents and siblings.
Husband & Children
Swapna is married to the Indian businessman Sujit Patker. The couple is separated. She has a son named Shaan Patker.
Swapna Patker with her estranged husband and son
Swapna Patker and her son
Swapna Patker’s signature
In March 2004, she joined a mental wellness company Neverending Dreams- The Corporate Enhancement Co. She worked there for four years and then worked as a visiting officer at various educational institutes like St. Francis Institute of Management & Research, KC College of Management Studies, ITM Group of Institutions, and Garware Institute of Career Education and Development. She then started Mindworks Training Systems in Mumbai, a wellness clinic and online counselling organisation. In 2012, she founded ‘Dream & Happiness’ in Mumbai, a mental wellness, training, and coaching institute. In October 2016, she joined an online psychological therapies platform ‘IWill by EPsyClinic’ as a senior psychologist. She worked at Lilavati Hospital & Research Centre, Mumbai as a clinical psychologist, from 2019 to 2021.
She has started a film production company named Royal Maratha Entertainment. Swapna released two Marathi films ‘Balkadu’ (2015) and ‘Rakhmabai’ (2016) under her banner.
In August 2016, Swapna started working as a subject matter expert at Manipal Global Education Services.
In March 2013, Swapna ventured into the hotel business and started ‘Saffron Hotels’ in Mumbai.
Swapna has also authored the book titled ‘Jivan Funda.’ She has also worked as a writer for the magazines like ‘Corporate India’ and ‘India & Business’ and has written columns named ‘Corporate Mantra’ & ‘Athavdyacha Manus’ in the Marathi newspaper Dainik Saamana.
Accused of Having a Fake Degree
In April 2021, Swapna was arrested for possessing a fake degree. Reportedly, her fraud came into the news when a social worker Gurdeep Kaur Singh received an envelope with documents related to her fake degree. However, the name of the sender was not mentioned on the envelope. Gurdeep then filed a police complaint against Swapna, and she was arrested for making a fake PhD degree from Chhatrapati Shahuji Maharaj University, Kanpur. According to some media sources, based on her degree, she got a job in one of the top hospitals in Mumbai. Later, during the hearing of the case, Swapna said that the Indian politician Sanjay Raut plotted everything for her arrest. Swapna said,
The arrest is a “revenge arrest” because I filed a case for being stalked by particular individuals “allegedly at the behest of Shiv Sena Member of Parliament Sanjay Raut.”
As per the 13-page verdict of the Bombay High Court,
The petitioner is a woman. In the exigency of the situation on account of the Covid19 Pandemic, the aspect of the continued detention of the petitioner also merits consideration. The petitioner claimed that a minor son and other are dependent on her. Since we are of the view that the offence punishable under Section 467, which entails imprisonment for life, is not prima facie made out, in the peculiar facts of the case, the aforesaid factors persuade us to grant the relief of bail to the petitioner pending consideration of this petition for quashment of the charge for the offences punishable under Sections 467 and 468 of the Penal Code.”
The court further mentioned,
In the light of … exposition of the legal position reverting to the facts of the case, prima facie, the PhD certificate, does not fall within the ambit of the definition of valuable security. The submission on behalf of the prosecution that the intrinsic evidence of the PhD certificate betrays the fact that the certificate is forged, if viewed in the backdrop of the patent typographical and grammatical mistake, may carry some substance. However, at this stage, at the most, the charge for the offence punishable under Section 465 can be said to have been prima facie made out. The further issue as to whether an offence punishable under Section 467 of the Penal Code is made out is a matter which warrants consideration. Since the investigation is in progress, we do not propose to delve deep into this aspect of the matter. It would suffice to observe that the question of complicity of the petitioner for the offence punishable under Section 467 of the Penal Code would warrant consideration and examination.”
However, on 27 June 2021, Swapna received bail from the Bombay High Court.
Abusive Audio Tape of Sanjay Raut
On 29 July 2022, post the arrest of Sanjay Raut, his abusive audio tape went viral on various social media platforms. In the audio, he was abusing Swapna Patker. In an interview, when Swapna was asked about the audio tape, she said that the tiff between Swapna and Sanjay started immediately after the demise of the Indian politician Bal Thackeray in 2012. During an interview, she shared a series of incidents. She said,
After Bala Saheb, Shiv Sena lost the support it had garnered too. And Sanjay Raut began with all his nonsense. He turned into a free bird and started doing whatever he wanted to. He used to direct me at every step of my life- don’t do this, don’t do that; don’t meet this person, don’t meet that person. In 2013, I was attacked twice with sharp knives. I also have an FIR filed in the Mahim police station. In another incident, my car was vandalized in Vakola and I had registered an FIR in the Vakola police station too. Till now, nobody has been nabbed. The perpetrators are still unknown to me. Each and everything was manipulated as per Raut’s whims and fancies. It took me 8 years to realize that.”
She said that she never realised that the 2013 attacks on her were planned by Sanjay Raut. She further said that in 2014, Raut became very possessive of her and hired an encounter specialist Praful Bhonsle, who used to interrogate her family and friends. Praful even used to keep a daily check on the activities of Swapna. She further said that he even started abusing her for disagreeing with his instructions. Swapna then submitted a call recording in a court in which Raut was using foul language against her. In 2017, even her Facebook account was hacked and her suicide post was made from the hacked account. She accused Raut and his associates for it.
Swapna Patker’s Facebook post after her account was hacked
Swapna said that the mental harassment kept on increasing, and in 2020, she started receiving video calls on WhatsApp from some unknown numbers in which a few naked men used to talk. It was also said that Sanjay Raut was behind all such activities because Swapna was the witness in the Patra land scam case in which Sanjay was the prime suspect. During an interview, when she was asked about taking some legal actions against him, she said,
I have been suffering since 2013, I have reached out to the police, to the NCW, NHRC, High Court; I have tried everything I could. I soon realized that even the court is not considering this to be a critical situation and is not pulling my case up. I have nowhere to go. Nobody is helping me and I am being vilified at each step. I want to ask everyone, if a woman is suffering such an ordeal, where should she go? All the authorities have failed me. I have written to Uddhav Thackeray, to the PMO, Arvind Kejriwal, Sonia Gandhi, Devendra Fadnavis, Chitra Wagh, Subhash Desai, Anil Desai. I have done everything possible for me to do. I did not want to bring this to the public domain and get my reputation and career damaged, but I have no place to go to now. Twitter is the last resort for me.”
Swapna Patker’s letter to PM Narendra Modi
Swapna Patker’s letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi
Swapna even filed a harassment case against Sanjay Raut in 2021. On 31 July 2022, she filed a complaint against Raut under IPC sections 504 (insult with intent to provoke breach of the peace), 506 (Punishment for criminal intimidation), and 509 (intending to insult the modesty of a woman).
FIR filed against Sanjay Raut by Swapna Patker
- In 2017, Swapna was invited to TEDx Talks organised by IIM, Rohtak, as a guest speaker.
Swapna Patker at TED Talks
- She used to share a good relationship with the Indian politician Bal Thackeray and his family.
Swapna Patker with Bal Thackeray
- She follows a non-vegetarian diet.
- Her name has been spelt Swapna Patkar by some media sources.