Fresh allegations concerning the Sri Sathya Sai Central Trust have been made by Sai Baba's family members, regarding R.J.Ratnakar, Baba's nephew and trust member. Ratnakar has been accused of lacking the moral standing to serve as a Trust member.
Since the death of Sathya Sai Baba one year ago the Sri Sathya Central Trust has faced a number of controversial issues which include allegations of financial mismanagement and corruption.
The latest allegations against Ratnakar come from family member Ganapathy Raju, who accuses Ratnaker of tax evasion and using his position in the trust to pave the way to secure his political ambitions. First Post reported Raju said “How can such a person continue to be a Trust member of a great Sri Sathya Sai Trust?”
According to theDeccan Herald Raju has requested that the government remove Ratnakar from his post as trustee. However the Trust has put up a united defence dismissing the allegations.
Trust spokesman Anantharaman said “Even if these are proven right, the law will take its course. But what is important is that the trustees are individuals with responsibilities of running the trust. How they conduct themselves as individuals is not the concern of the trust. We are professionals, our job is to run the trust efficiently and transparently so that the people are benefited. And to that effect there have been no problems and there will not be any.”
Last year Ratnaker was interrogated by police concerning the concealment of cash discovered in the private quarters of the deceased guru following his death. Claims that the cash belonged to the Trust were investigated. The discovery of goods and cash valued at millions of dollars resulted in the Trust agreeing to pay tax on the valuables and cash found which were said to be gifts from devotees.