Aurangabad: The Aurangabad Bench of Bombay High Court on Tuesday ordered the disbanding of Shirdi Sai Sansthan, the body which governs the world famous Sai Baba temple in Shirdi in Ahmednagar district.
The temple, one of India’s richest, is being governed by the Shree Sai Baba Sansthan Trust. Acting on a PIL filed by Shirdi BJP president Rajendra Gondkar and social activist Sandip Kulkarni, the court directed the district collector to oversee the formation of a new governing body.
The Sansthan has been under the scanner after allegations of misappropriation of funds by some trustees came to light.
On March 2, a local court in Rahata, near Shirdi, had directed the police to conduct a probe and register a case against three trustees of the Shri Sai Baba Sansthan, who allegedly cheated the trust. The accused K C Pandey, Capt. Suresh Vasudeva and Urmila Jadhav submitted fake travelling bills and cheated the Shri Sai Baba Sansthan of Rs 1.67 lakh between 2004-2007.
In 2010, the Bombay High Court had directed Maharashtra Government to forthwith frame rules to govern the affairs of the trust and constitute a new managing committee whose term expired in 2007.
The bench noted that since last six years the rules had not been framed to govern the trust as laid down under Section 25 of Shree Sai Baba Sansthan Trust (Shirdi) Act, 2004.