Fresh assets worth Rs 80 lakh emerge out of Sai Baba chamber

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Anantpur, Jul 3: After the mind-numbing treasure trove that was unearthed from hidden cellars underground from the Sree Padmanabhaswamy temple in Kerala, this time around it is the turn of the Sai Baba trust to come out with some more astounding figures. After the private chamber of Sai Baba, the Yajur Mandir was opened revealing riches to the tune of Rs.11.5 crore with many gold and silver items found, a new catch found on Saturday revealed gold and silver articles worth Rs 80 lakh.

The haul involves 116 kilos silver, 906 gms gold and a diamond ring that was found after inspection by the Anantapur district joint collector Anita Ramachandran. The value of the gold is estimated to be Rs 15.85 lakh and the diamond ring valued at Rs 3.9 lakh. The silver articles are valued at Rs 54.96 lakh.

The Yajur Mandir was opened amidst much anticipation on the contents that would be found inside. With officials along with trust members revealing the assets inside, the latest expose by the collector directly contradicts the claims made by the trust members. Officials have quoted that the incident has acted as an eye-opener to the goings on in the Prashanthi Nilayam.

Anita Ramachandran has been quoted as saying, "We inspected the rooms of Satya Sai Baba, his personal caretaker Satyajit"s rooms, a special office room and dining hall and found nothing. The articles were found in a small room attached to Baba"s room." She revaled that the newly found money will be transferred to the bank like the earlier one's.

The inspection under the order of the Sate government was carried out in the presence of trust members RJ Ratnakar, SV Giri, trust secretary Chakravarthi, Puttaparthi MRO Nagabhusahanam and Penukonda DRO B Eswar.

The latest findings have raised questions on the authenticity of earlier statements given by trust members on the assets at Prashanthi Nilayam. With trust members claiming that the Yajur Mandir was completely looked into and assets figured, the latest news points to glaring discrepancies in the members' claims.

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