Cash, gold found at Sathya Sai Baba's Bangalore ashram

Bangalore, July 20 (IANS) Cash, gold and silver were found Wednesday at late Sathya Sai Baba's ashram near here when an inventory was done, an ashram spokesperson said.

Media coordinator of the Sathya Sai Trust A. Anantharaman told reporters that Rs.80 lakh (Rs. 8 million) in cash, six kg gold and 240 kg silver jewellery were found. The ashram is at Whitefield, about 25 km from the city centre.

The inventory was done in the presence of five trustees and Karnataka government officials, he said, adding the officials' presence was sought by the trust.

This is the first time that inventory was done at the late Baba's Bangalore ashram.

Three rounds of inventory at his main ashram in Puttaparthi in neighbouring Andhra Pradesh after his demise on April 24 have given a haul of nearly Rs.75 crore worth gold, silver and cash, say officials.