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Press Release by Sri Sathya Sai Central Trust

July 3rd, 2011

Sri Sathya Sai Central Trust makes this Press Release as there has been incorrect reporting in a section of the press and electronic media with respect to the inventory of valuables undertaken in the ground floor of Yajur Mandir on July 2, 2011.

1. There was no “search” by the Government. The representatives of the Government visited Prasanthi Nilayam at the specific request of the Trust to assist in taking inventory of the remaining portions of Yajur Mandir; nothing was “seized”.

2. It was wrongly reported that the Yajur Mandir was opened by Mr. Satyajit. The Yajur Mandir main door keys were kept in two covers duly signed and sealed by two Trustees namely Mr. S.V. Giri and Mr. R. J. Ratnakar. These were brought from the safe custody where they were stored. The locks were opened in the presence of the Joint Collector, Additional Joint collector, Anantapur and the Trustees and members of the Council of Management present in Puttaparthi that day.

3. It was reported in a section of the Press that Mr. V.Srinivasan, Trustee, was present. Mr. V. Srinivasan at that time was away in Jharkand to participate in a Seva activity of the Sai Organisation.

4. There was an unfounded allegation that on the night of July 1, substantial material from the Yajur Mandir was spirited away, anticipating the visit of the Government representatives.

From the day of Maha Samadhi, all movement to and from Yajur Mandir are being recorded by the Andhra State Police who are on duty 24 hours of the day.

5. There was a report that the Trustees had earlier made a statement after the inventory was taken on June 17 that the inventorisation of the Yajur Mandir was complete.

The Trustees had made no such statement. On June 17 and 18, 2011 only the private chambers of Bhagawan Baba was inventoried as was indicated in the Press Statement. The room adjoining the private chamber in the first floor and the ground floor were not inventoried. It was only to inventory these rooms, the presence of Government representatives was requested.

6. There was a report that there is lot more to be recovered from Yajur Mandir. There were even fanciful references to tunnels and secret passages. No such tunnels or secret passages exist.

All items in the room adjoining the private chambers of Bhagawan Baba and the ground floor were inventoried. A professional valuer was present and the final values were announced by the Trust last night (July 2).

The Yajur Mandir was inspected by the Trustees, Council of Management, Members and Representatives of the Government of Andhra Pradesh namely the Joint Collector and the Additional Joint collector today.

The details of the valuables inventoried today in the Yajur Mandir, other than the Private Chambers of Bhagawan Baba, are as follows:
Silverware (116 Kgs) Rs. 5796607
Gold Jewellery (905 gms) Rs. 1583525
Diamond ring Rs. 309361
Cash Nil
Total Rs. 7689493

The private chambers of Bhagawan Baba were also inspected and no valuables were found.

The Joint Collector, who spoke to the Media, also made it clear to the Press that there were no other valuables in the private chambers and no silver, gold, precious stones, or cash were found elsewhere in the premises besides the inventoried material.

After the inspection, Yajur Mandir was double locked and the keys were kept with the two Trustees.

All the items that were inventoried are left in the central hall in the ground floor of Yajur Mandir and these will be deposited with the State Bank of India on the next working day, which is Monday, July 4.

7. The Trust is doing everything to be completely transparent in all its activities. A section of the Media is still indulging in incorrect reporting and innuendos. We appeal to them, in the name of responsible journalism, to desist from this practice. We do hope that they will realize that such misreporting would only damage the credibility of the institutions that Bhagawan Baba has set up for public good.

Media Coordinator
Sri Sathya Sai Central Trust
Prasanthi Nilayam

Jai Sai Ram!