Anantapur: A sessions court on Friday
dismissed the revision pleas of Sathya Sai Central Trust
seeking return of Rs 35.5 lakh cash seized by police from a
vehicle, allegedly belonging to the Trust in June 2011.
Judge T Gangi Reddy upheld the orders passed by the
court of Hindupur judicial magistrate which had directed for
handing over the seized amount to the Income-Tax Department in
The judge dismissed the revision petition filed by the
Trust saying the money will be in custody of the IT department
till the final investigation in the case was completed.
The counsel of the Trust pleaded that the seized cash
was given by late Sathya Saibaba`s devotees to a consultant
for construction of a "Maha Samadhi" as a memorial for the
86-year-old spiritual leader who passed away on April 23 last
year at Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Medical Sciences in
However, special public prosecutor KC Krishnareddy,
who appeared on behalf of the IT department, argued that none
of the devotees/donors came forward before police and had not
cooperated in the investigations and a charge sheet was yet to
be filed in the case.
A four-wheeler carrying Rs 35.5 lakh in cash was
confiscated by police during checking at Kodikonda check-post
under Chilamanthur police station limits of Anantapur district
bordering Karnataka on June 18 last year.
Police had arrested three persons, including driver of
the vehicle Harishnanda Shetty besides Chandrasekhar and Sohan
Shetty after Chilamanthur police registered a case. The trio
are out on bail.
Subsequently, police served notices to top officials
of the Sai Central Trust, including Sathya Sai Baba`s nephew R
J Ratnakar, to appear before them in connection with the
seizure of cash.