The Hindu right wing organisation Sanatan Sanstha on Wednesday demanded an administrator be appointed and a detailed investigation into the properties of family members of the late anti-superstition crusader Narendra Dabholkar. Alleging financial irregularities, the organisation has also demanded the financial records of Maharashtra Andhashraddha Nirmoolan Samiti (MANS), founded by Dabholkar, be looked into.
The Sanstha has recently obtained a report on the investigation carried out by the superintendent of the Registrar of Public Trust office, Satara on the MANS through an RTI. The organisation alleged that the report shows several irregularities in maintenance of accounts and financial dealings which needs to be probed.
The members of the organisation alleged that the Dabholkar family has usurped public money. Advocate Sanjiv Punalekar, national secretary of Hindu Vidhidnya Parishad who represents Vinod Tawde, an accused in Dabholkar murder case, said that the family is trying to falsely implicate members of the Sanatan Sanstha as they have exposed the irregularities in MANS.
Quoting findings of the report, a spokesperson of the Sanstha Abhay Vartak said, “According to the report, the Dabholkar family has been making false statements. They have not contributed anything to the public trust administration fund.” He added, “The reports also stated that MANS falsely claimed that they were entitled to not pay to the fund as they were engaged in educational activities. But, the truth is that the charity commissioner has not given any exemption to MANS from paying the fund.”
Vartak also pointed out that the organisation has failed to submit audit reports to the registrar on time. The organisation also alleged that there have been several irregularities and discrepancies in financial dealings of the trust. “In view of the above observations, an administrator should be appointed immediately for MANS and the amount of irregularities committed earlier should be calculated and recovered from the responsible persons,’ Vartak said.
As per the Bombay Trust Act, every public trust has to pay 5% of their annual income to the public trust administration fund. Some categories of organisations, such as the ones that deal with health and education, are barred from paying this contribution.