Continuing its tough stand against the Sri Sathya Sai Seva Trust in the wake of allegations against some of its members, the government on Monday sought from the Trust a comprehensive report on its various activities within 10 days.
In a letter to Trust secretary K. Chakravarthy on Monday, Endowments Commissioner D. Srinivasulu drew his attention to reports in the media expressing doubts about certain aspects of the functioning of the Trust, devotees’ sentiments, and the concern expressed by the public. “It is essential to bring out the facts transparently for public knowledge,” the communication said.
What appears to have convinced the authorities that all is not well in Prashanthi Nilayam was the seizure of Rs.35 lakh in cash while it was being transported. Information gathered from the interrogation of two key trustees — R.J. Ratnakar, Sai Baba’s nephew, and V. Srinivasan — seemed to confirm its view.
Immediately after receiving the communication, the Trust members — Justice P.N. Bhagwati, Indulal Shah, and S.V. Giri — held a meeting in Puttaparthi to discuss the modalities of furnishing the information sought by the government.
They were later joined by two other trustees, Mr. Srinivasan and Mr. Ratnakar. The trustees are planning to address a press conference on Tuesday.
In its letter, the government also spelt out clearly the information it was looking for — not only about the Central Trust, but also the institutions/organisations affiliated to or associated with the Trust, and funds at its disposal.
It sought the organisational set-up of the Sri Sathya Sai Central Trust, list of members, their addresses, background, details of the activities of the Trust, delegation of powers for conducting day-to-day activities, and meeting all the expenses, including operating bank accounts and funds transfer.The government asked for details of all the fixed assets of the Trust, major sources of funds and broad expenditure heads, annual accounts for the past five years. Hindu