The personal residence of the late Satya Sai Baba – Yajurveda Mandiram – was opened for inspection by trust members of the Sri Satya Sai Central Trust at Prasanthi Nilayam here on Thursday.

The residence of Sai Baba has been at the core of many controversies in the recent past after his death, with speculation over the money that could have been left behind.

Seeking to put to rest this speculation, the trust members met on Thursday and decided to open the Mandiram.

Around 10 a.m., trust members J. Ratnakar, S.V. Giri, V. Srinivasan, accompanied by the former Chief Justice, P.N. Bhagwati, opened the Mandiram after taking out the keys from a locker in the SBI branch on the Prasanthi Nilayam premises.

Later, around noon currency counting machines along with a few staff of the bank were seen going into the Mandiram, possibly for counting the money, while it was well known that an audit was being done as to the articles present there, for their commercial as well as sentimental value.

All the trustees were closeted at the residence. Later in the evening, Mr. Ratnakar told reporters that the trust would inform them about the developments on Friday. He refused to divulge details of the happenings on Thursday.

On the other hand, Justice Bhagwati, in a press note refuted statements attributed to him by a section of the media that he had resigned from the Central Trust and was now only the Chancellor of the Satya Sai University.

This article was corrected for a factual error