Puttaparthi cash haul: Three get conditional bail

Three persons arrested in connection with the seizure of Rs 35.5 lakh in cash from Puttaparthi town were granted conditional bail.

Last Updated: Jun 24, 2011, 23:15 PM IST

Anantapur: Three persons arrested
in connection with the seizure of Rs 35.5 lakh in cash from
Puttaparthi town here were granted conditional bail on Friday.

The magisterial court in Hindupur asked Harishnanda
Shetty, Chandrashekhar Murthy alias Shekhar and engineer Sohan
Shetty not to leave the town and appear before the police on
alternate days till further orders.

All the three accused are under judicial remand in
Hindupur sub-jail and had moved the court for bail yesterday.

Harishnanda Shetty was the driver of a four-wheeler
that was transporting Rs 35.5 lakh which was confiscated
during checking at Kodikonda check post under Chilamanthur
police station limits bordering Karnataka on June 18.

Police initially arrested Harishnanda Shetty while
another driver Chandrashekhar Murthy and one engineer Sohan
Shetty were later arrested in connection with the seizure.

The cash was recovered a day after late Sathya Sai
Baba`s personal chamber `Yajur Mandir` was opened at Prashanti
Nilayam in Puttaparthi and it was disclosed that it contained
98 kg of gold, 307 kg of silver, apart from Rs 11.56 crore.

Police on Wednesday issued notices to two members of
the Sathya Sai Central Trust including R J Ratnakar (who is
nephew of late Sathya Sai Baba) and V Srinivasan to question
them in connection with the cash seizure.

The two trustees were asked to present themselves
before the investigating officer within three days from
Wednesday, though both of them had sought time from Anantapur
SP Shah Nawaz Qasim.

Meanwhile, one Venkatesh was today questioned as part
of the probe, a senior police officer told PTI, adding
Ratnakar would be questioned tomorrow while Srinivasan would
be quizzed on Monday.

PTI