In a significant move, the Anantapur police altered the case of Rs 35 lakh cash seizure as theft, suggesting that thieves with the aid of the bigwigs had struck at Yajur Mandir, Satya Sai Baba personal residence at Prasanti Nilayam in Puttaparti, and made away with the money.
Police has added IPC Section 379 to the existing sections to the case, and is now suspecting that the thieves decamped with crores of worth of booty.
The Rayalaseema inspector-general of police, Mr Santosh Mehra, said, “It is confirmed that the cash is from Yajur Mandir. So we added the theft section of IPC 379.”
K Harish Ananda Shetty, a site engineer at Prashanti Nilayam, who was arrested with the cash, named Mr K. Sohan Shetty and driver Chandrasekhar, who in turn came out with the names of trust members Ratnakar and Srinivasan.
Mr Mehra confirmed: “The accused confessed the name of trust member as V. Srinivasan.”
Police said that the trust members, Mr R.J. Ratnakar, a relative of Satya Sai Baba, and Mr V. Srinivasan of WS Industries, Chennai, were avoiding coming to the police station to give their statement. Deccan Chronicle