The state director general of police, Mr K. Aravinda Rao, has said that the enquiry into the Satya Sai Trust properties is heading in the right direction.
The DGP said there is no pressure on the police conducting the enquiry.
Asked why the state police had been silent all these days on the alleged irregularities in the Satya Sai Trust, the DGP said that as the Trust is a private organisation, the police cannot interfere in every issue, but the income-tax and endowments departments can.
The police will act if a law and order problem arises, he said. “But now, as a case is made out, we are investigating into the affairs of the Trust,” Mr Rao said.
Notices have been served to two members of the trust. He said the police is enquiring into the cash that was intercepted while being transported in a van from the ashram, allegedly on the instructions of the trustees.
Asked about the possibility of arresting the trust members who were named by those who have been arrested, he said, “It is not compulsory to arrest them. If we find evidence, we can file a charge-sheet against the Trust members.”
He said that the claims of Trust member, Mr R.J. Ratnakar, a near relative of Satya Sai Baba, that the money was for a construction firm to build Sai Baba’s samadhi are being verified. Deccan Chronicle