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Sai Trust to make annual report public: Ratnakar

V. K. Rakesh Reddy



R.J. Ratnakar

ANANTAPUR: The Sri Satya Sai Central Trust is actively considering a proposal to come out with an annual report henceforth in an attempt to instil confidence in the common man about the central trust and its activities.

Speaking to The Hindu, R.J Ratnakar, member of the Trust, said that the trustees and members of the council of management had discussed the issue at a recent meeting in Puttaparthi on June 27.

“We are actively considering the proposal. We understand that we are common men and thereby feel it might be necessary to come out with reports from time to time to keep the confidence on the trust going,” he said, adding that it was very important for the smooth running of the institutions set up by late Satya Sai Baba.

Mahasamadhi

Mr. Ratnakar categorically stated that Shankarnarayana Consultancy was given permission through a resolution of the board of trustees to be the consultant as well as the firm for construction of Sai Baba's Mahasamadhi in the Prashanti Nilayam. “They have submitted designs of the Mahasamadhi to the trust and we, after some modifications, have permitted them to go about the work under the trustees' supervision,” he said.

Responding to the question about the transport of Rs. 35 lakh in cash that was seized by the police at a checkpost, Mr. Ratnakar explained that had neither V. Srinivasan, a trustee, nor he had any malafide intentions. Otherwise, they would not have placed the cash bag in the car of the project consultant in the presence of the police, who he said were present on the spot when the transaction happened.

“In fact, the visitors register will show proof of my entering the Yajurveda Mandir, personal chambers of the Swami (Sai Baba), which the police also have,” he argued.

He said none of the doctors of the Sri Satya Sai Institute of Higher Medical Sciences, including Dr. A. N. Safaya and Dr. P.K Das, had resigned. Had they resigned, the matter would have come to the notice of the medical co-ordination committee of the Central Trust, he added.

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