AP govt to seek Sai Trust's version

It is learnt that the letter drafted in this regard by Principle Secretary (Endowment) Ramanachary on Thursday is now under the scrutiny of Revenue Minister Raghuveera Reddy.

Sources say the government would wait for the response of  the Trust before considering options that include even taking over of the Trust and keeping it under suspended animation till the completion of any inquiry.

 The decision came late Wednesday night following a meeting between Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy and Raghuveera Reddy.  In-charge Endowments Minister Ponnala Lakshmaiah, Chief Secretary SV Prasad, Special Secretary to the chief minister J Satyanarayana and the Principle Secretary, Endowments were also attended the meeting.

“We have decided to seek a detailed report from the Trust about its activities in the wake of the recent developments,” Lakshmaiah told reporters after the meeting and that any action of intervention will  follow only after the report is submitted.

Notice to trustees

“With the approval of the local court we have issued notices to Trust members R J Ratnakar and W Srinivasan to appear before the police in three days and they sought time till Saturday. We have also sought inputs from the I-T department regarding the cash transfer,” said Superintendent of Police Shahnawaz Qasim in Anantapur.

Following intelligence reports of rift in the Trust after Sai Baba was hospitalised in March, the state police had seized the records of all data recorded on the 120 CC cameras set up at the Prashanti Nilayam.

Officials suspect the presence of  a  treasure of gold, diamonds and hard cash both in Indian and foreign currencies  at Prashanti Nilayam and  Yajur Mandir.

“After a careful study we might seek warrants to conduct a full-scale investigation at the Ashram,” said a senior police official camped at Puttaparthi for the last two months.

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