Hyderabad: The State Government is contemplating on taking over the Sathya Sai Central Trust, if the report sought from it was not satisfactory.
Official sources indicated that the Government was closely watching the developments taking place in Puttaparti. In addition to this, the Income Tax department sleuths were also keeping an eagle’s eye on the money truncations and financial matters of the trust after the demise of Sathya Sai Baba.
Initially, the Government has not shown interest to interfere in the affairs of the trust, as it would hurt the sentiments of the devotees. It was also not ready to face the anger of the Hindu organizations which might react sharply, if the Government took any step forward in the issue. But, after the seizure of huge amount of cash from some people close to the trust member Srinivasan, the government started toying with the option of taking over the trust as a last resort.
Though the Anantapur police were confident that the seized money belongs to the Trust, its member Ratnakar denied it. The District police served notices to the trust members Ratnakar and Srinivas. But, on the ground of health problem, Ratnakar, who was a close relative of Baba, sought time up to Monday to appear before the police for inquiry.
The police have already grilled the Chief Security Officer of Sathya Sai Central Trust and collected valuable information from him, it is said. The Chief Security Officer has also confirmed that the vehicle in which money was transported belongs to Srinivasan.
As the controversy was shrouding over Sathya Sai Central Trust and its inventory, the State Government has decided to watch the situation closely and step in at the right time. It has also sought a report on the financial matters of Sathya Sai Central Trust from the members.
Under Section 154 of the Hindu Religious Institutions and Charitable Endowments Act, 1997, the Government granted some exemptions to the Trust. By cancelling the same, the Government can interfere in the affairs of the trust.
The Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) of Puttaparti, Narasimhulu has been transferred on the charges of helping the persons for transportation of money from Yajur Mandir, which was the personal chamber of Sathya Sai Baba.
According to grapevine, a former union minister form Maharashtra was also using his good offices to prevent the Government from interfering in the affairs of the Central trust.