Nagpur: With the Nagpur Bench of Bombay High Court rejecting anticipatory bail application of BJP leader Omprakash alias Munna Yadav in Yadav clan assault case, the ‘absconding’ BJP leader has no option other than to surrender to cops. Munna Yadav has gone absconding since Diwali last year after a bloody clash erupted between the Yadav clan.
Notably, Munna Yadav is also President of Wardha Road-based Sai Seva Mandal which runs the famous Sai Baba Mandir. As Munna Yadav is absconding and another key office-bearer of Sai Seva Mandal – Secretary Avinash Shegaonkar – was booked and arrested under Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, the functioning of Sai Baba Mandir has been crippled.
Since both the President and Secretary of Sai Seva Mandal are facing criminal charges and have been made accused, disappointment is brewing among thousands of devotees. Several devotees have demanded the Charity Commissioner to remove both Munna Yadav and Shegaonkar from Sai Seva Mandal and hand over the reins to other competent office bearers or appoint an administrator.
According to sources, in the absence of Munna Yadav, President of Sai Seva Mandal, the Secretary Avinash Shegaonkar was running the affairs ‘whimsically.’ Frequent wordy duels with priests and other office bearers has become a routine. The atmosphere in Sai Baba Mandir is getting vitiated. Shortcomings in facilities being provided to devotees are being noticed.
A few days back, the Secretary Shegaonkar was booked and arrested under Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act on the basis of a complaint lodged by a flower vendor at Sai Baba Mandir, Shivraj Bawankar.
Shegaonkar claimed that Bawankar encroached the space for his shop. A wordy duel had erupted between Bawankar and Shegaonkar. Subsequently, Bawankar had registered a case against Shegaonkar with Dhantoli police accusing him of perpetrating atrocity. Dhantoli police had booked Shegaonkar under sections of Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act and arrested him A court however had granted bail to him.
With both President and Secretary of Sai Seva Mandal being accused in criminal cases, the functioning of Sai Baba Mandir has come under scanner.