Hyderabad: The TDP senior leader, Mr Dadi Veerabhadra Rao, has alleged that because of the negligent attitude of the Chief Minister, Mr N. Kiran Kumar Reddy, towards protecting the Satya Sai Baba Trust funds, the reputation of the State was getting damaged nationally and internationally.
In a statement here on Monday, Mr Veerabhadra Rao demanded that an inquiry by a Supreme Court Judge be ordered into the affairs of the Trust immediately. “Though Trust member Ratnakar has stated that the Trust had nothing to do with the Rs 35 lakhs seized by the police from a vehicle driven by the chauffeur of Trust member Srinivasan, the district SP has been maintaining that the money belonged to the Trust. “Still, why is the government hesitating to get Ratnakar, Srinivasan and the Chief Security Officer arrested? There are allegations that during the past one month, daily the vehicle was making five to six trips to Bengaluru, carrying money.”
He further stated, “There were doubts that a State minister and son of a Union minister from Tamil Nadu were involved in the shifting of the Trust’s funds. In the inventory, it was shown that only Rs 11 crores remained in Baba’s Yajurveda Mandir. There were allegations that money, gold and diamonds were shifted from the Trust illegally ever since Baba was admitted to the hospital. Still the Chief Minister remained a silent spectator and had not taken any action,” Mr Veerabhadra Rao alleged in his press release.
The TDP leader said the money sent by devotees from all corners of the world for service activities were plundered because of the inaction of the Chief Minister and his government. He said the names of the ministers, who were bringing pressure on the Chief Minister, not to interfere with the Trust’s affairs and not to take action on Trust members should be revealed.
Mr Veerabhadra Rao said that while the neighboring Karnataka State condolence motions were adopted both in the Assembly and the Council on the death of Satya Sai Baba, no such motion was moved in the State. “Is this the respect the State government chose to give to a person who earned reputation all over the world and who did proud to the Telugu race.