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'Headway in probe into Puttaparthi cash seizure'

Police on Sunday claimed to have made a headway in the probe into recent seizure of Rs 35.5 lakh from Puttaparthi in the district and said it will quiz another Sathya Sai Central Trust member in the case.

india Updated: Jun 26, 2011 22:17 IST

Police on Sunday claimed to have made a headway in the probe into recent seizure of Rs 35.5 lakh from Puttaparthi in the district and said it will quiz another Sathya Sai Central Trust member in the case.

"There is progress in investigation into the cash seizure case. As part of the probe into the case police will question Sathya Sai Central Trust member V Srinivasan tomorrow," Anantapur district superintendent of police Shah Nawaz Qasim told reporters.

"After questioning Srinivasan we will focus on other things and will look to completing the investigation," the SP said.

Anantapur police had arrested three persons in connection with the seizure of Rs 35.5 lakh in cash. However, the trio Harishnanda Shetty, Chandrashekhar Murthy alias Shekhar and engineer Sohan Shetty were granted conditional bail last week.

Harishnanda Shetty was the driver of a four-wheeler (which allegedly belongs to the Sathya Sai Central Trust) 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.

As part of the probe into the cash seizure, police have so far questioned Trust member R J Ratnakar, who is also nephew of the late spiritual guru Sathya Sai Baba, besides Pradhan, the Chief Security Officer of 'Yajur Mandir' -- the private chamber of Sai Baba and one Venkatesh (a personal assistant of Srinivasan).

Police were also in the process of questioning one more person identified as Sadashiv (who is allegedly related to Harishnanda) against whom they had already served a notice, but he had sought some time to appear before the police.

The cash was recovered a day after '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.