Puttaparthi: The Sri Sathya Sai Central Trust member, Mr Srinivas, on Thursday alleged that some vested interests were behind the vilification campaign against the Trust.
The Sathya Sai Trust Board members met here today and observed a two-minute silence in memory of the Baba, whose mortal remains were interred in Sai Kulwant Hall in Prashanti Nilayam, before holding a media conference.
Detailing the activities of the Trust, Mr Srinivas told mediapersons that they could not talk to them in view of the deteriorating health condition of the pontiff. Asserting that the financial affairs of the Trust were being carried out as per law of the land, Mr Srinivas said there was no room for any irregularities or violations in the management of financial affairs of the Trust. The financial affairs of the Trust were being looked after by the country’s most efficient and honest chartered accountants.
Asked about differences among the members of the Trust, Mr Srinivas replied in negative and asserted that all the members were united and a decision on selecting the Trust chairman would be taken shortly. He also said that the State government was not prepared to interfere with the affairs of the Trust.
Asked as to why a coffin was ordered in early April even when the Baba was alive, Mr Srinivasan said that the Trust did not give any such order, but a devotee of the Baba has contributed it. On the reported rift between Baba’s personal assistant Satyajit and Baba’s nephew R J Ratnakar, the latter denied the allegation. He also said that the charge that the family members of the Baba were not allowed into the ICU to see the Baba was false and all the kin of the Baba had his darshan in the ICU.
Mr Srinivasan clarified that Satyajit was only an employee of the Trust and was selected by Bhagwan Satya Sai Baba as his personal assistant.
Replying to another question, Mr Srinivasan said that that Baba never thought of making Satyajit as a member of the Trust nor the Trust has any proposal now to include him in the Trust Board.