Shirdi: The Maharashtra government has reappointed former Congress MLA Jayant Sasane as the chairman of Shirdi Saibaba Trust, which was recently disbanded by the Aurangabad bench of the Bombay High Court. Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan last night released a list of 15 members in the wake of the HC's directives to appoint a new board in 15 days, sources said.
The high court in its March 13 verdict dissolved the seven-year-old trust comprising 15 trustees for not complying with the constitution of the trust which entails that the term of the body can not be more than three years.
The trust was granted extension for the second term in 2007, but failed to appoint a new body as mandated by the norms.
Ahmad Nagar district NCP president Ghanshyam Shelar has been appointed as the vice-president of the trust which manages the affairs of one of the richest shrines in the country.
In the 15-member trust, Congress has six members and NCP nine.
Other members of the new trust comprise Maharashtra Agriculture Minister Radhakrishna Vikhe-Patil, Vilas Kote, Shailesh Kute, Surendra Kharde, Mininanath Pandey, Ajit Kadam, Patangrao Shelke, Snehalata Kolhe, Rajendra Pipada, Suresh Wadhava, Namdev Gunjal, Prakash Nandurkar and Sumitra Kote-a nominated member.
Names of two Congress members are yet to be announced, they said.
A PIL in this regard was filed by Sandeep Kulkarni and Rajendra Gondkar from Shirdi.
The bench had stated that the present board be dissolved and new trustees be appointed within 15 days. The court had asked Ahmednagar district collector to oversee the matters till the new body is put in place.
Meanwhile, a writ petition requesting the high court to not allow members affiliated to political parties on the new board will come up for hearing before the Aurangabad bench on April 4.