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New Delhi Late Sathya Sai Babas nephew R J Ratnakar, who was questioned on Saturday by police in connection with the seizure of Rs 35.5 lakh in cash, said the money belonged to the devotees but refused to elaborate more. This 35 lakh belongs to devotees. Now that this is in the court and investigation is on, more details cannot be told, he said.
The cash was recovered a day after Sai Babas personal chamber Yajur Mandirwas opened and it was disclosed that it contained 98 kg of gold, 307 kg of silver, apart from Rs 11.56 crore.
Ratnakar refuted as mudslinging and totally false allegations that trust members were trying to siphon out funds, reports PTI. None of us… we are incapable of doing such things.
We have dedicated our lives at the lotus feet of the Bhagwan Baba, he said, adding there are disgruntled people who are spreading such allegations.
He said the Sathya Sai trust is the most transparent trust and we go by all statutory requirements.
He also dismissed suggestions that there was a rift between members of the trust as some had come through influence, saying the trust was constituted last year and all came to the board together. Whoever has come to the trust were handpicked by Bhagwan ( Sathya Sai) and I dont think anybody could have influenced for others, he said.
He said he was not aware about the one hour delay in taking Sathya Sai Baba to hospital soon after he fell ill and denied that the arrival of rahu kaalamhad come in the way from taking him to hospital.