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Sai Baba's nephew questioned

Late Sathya Sai Baba's nephew RJ Ratnakar was today questioned by police in connection with the seizure of Rs 35.5 lakh in cash from Puttaparthi recently.

india Updated: Jun 25, 2011 20:23 IST

Late Sathya Sai Baba's nephew RJ Ratnakar was on Saturday questioned by police in connection with the seizure of Rs 35.5 lakh in cash from Puttaparthi recently.

A team lead by the investigative officer, who is probing the case, quizzed Ratnakar at his residence in Prashanti Nilayam in Puttaparthi, a senior police officer told PTI.

Police had on Wednesday issued notices to two trustees of the Sai Central Trust -- Ratnakar and V Srinivasan --asking them to appear before it in connection with the cash seizure.

Meanwhile, police concluded its questioning of Venkatesh, a personal assistant of Srinivasan, the officer said, adding that Srinivasan would be quizzed on Monday.

Three persons arrested in connection with the seizure of Rs 35.5 lakh in cash Harishnanda Shetty, Chandrashekhar Murthy alias Shekhar and engineer Sohan Shetty were on Friday granted conditional bail by a court.

Harishnanda Shetty is the driver of the vehicle 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.

The cash was recovered a day after Sai Baba's personal chamber Yajur Mandir was opened and it was disclosed that it contained 98 kg of gold, 307 kg of silver, apart from Rs 11.56 crore.