Sathya Sai trustees get notices

Serious investigations into the transportation of cash from Puttparthi are underway with the police issuing notices returnable in three days to two trustees of the Shri Sathya Sai Central Trust.

The two trustees R Rathnakar and Venu Srinivasan were served notices by the Hindupur police and they have been asked to be present for questioning in three days time. The police had said three days back itself that notices would be issued to the trustees so that they are able to investigate them with regard to the missing cash of Rs 35.5 lakh.

Last week the trust members entered into the Yajur Mandir and found Rs 11.6 crore in cash and also gold and silver. All this was deposited with the bank in the presence of officials. However a day later a major controversy broke out when Rs 35.5 lakh in cash was transported out of Puttparthi. The driver of the car in which the cash was being transported said that he was asked to park the vehicle with the boot open near the Yajur Mandir following which the cash was loaded. They then drove off and after sometime the cash which was in a huge bag was handed over to some person from Bangalore.

The devotees have been claiming that the money was taken out of the Yajur Mandir while the trustees maintained that there was no connection with this and the funds found in Sai Baba’s room. The Deputy Superintendent of Police of the region, K Krishna had however stated that there is no doubt that the money was being transported from Puttaparthi.

As investigations into this case progress the police are finding more links. They suspect that some of the cash in the Yajur Mandir may have been concealed and not accounted and this money in question could be just that.

The police will now question the two trustees at Hindupur following which more leads are bound to crop up. They have also been recording the statements of the family members of Sai Baba. The family members have said that the trust cannot wash away its hands from this case. The car in which the money was transported belongs to the Shri Sathya Sai Central Trust and moreover the driver’s statements also make it clear that the money trail commenced from the Yajur Mandir.

The police who have registered a theft case say that they would need some more time to crack this case.