Member of Bala Sai Baba trust lays claim to Rs 6.7 cr
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A Kurnool-based businessman B Rama Rao, who claimed to be a member of the Bala Sai Baba Trust, on Thursday came to the Crime Central Station to lay claim to the Rs 6.7 crore cash seized from an autorickshaw on Wednesday. He told the police the money belongs to the Trust.
Rama Rao said he had hired the auto to take the cash-filled bags to Hi-Tech City area to hand it over to an agent through whom the Trust was planning to buy land in Mysore. A self-styled godman, Bala Sai Baba, has a sizeable following in the state. He has an ashram in Kurnool and one at Domalguda in Hyderabad.
Officials investigating the case are skeptical about Rama Rao's claims. DCP Dr Tarun Joshi said, "He could not give proper answers as to why he chose to move such huge quantity of cash in an autorickshaw or why he didn't intervene when police seized it last evening. He says that he withdrew Rs 4.98 crore from Andhra Bank branch in Domalguda and borrowed rest of the money from friends."