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Sathya Sai Devotees Suspect Foul Play In Guru’s Health Crisis. Seek Court Order

Posted by Barry Pittard on April 16, 2011

In some major Indian newspapers, there are now reports of Sai devotees taking action that challenges the conduct of those close round Sathya Sai Baba, including urgent recourse to law.  They suspect the gravest chicanery practised by forces vying for control of Puttaparthi. 

IANS (Indo Asian News Service) reports, see full text below:

Former MP and former chairman of Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam (TTD)  Adikeshavulu Naidu also made a sensational allegation that the trust in collusion with the hospital had kept Baba hostage. He said there was a conspiracy behind the 85-year-old Baba’s illness.

Naidu said Baba was being denied food and better medical treatment. “The top doctors are being denied access to him and when facilities are available to even take him abroad for treatment nothing is being done,” he told reporters in Chittoor.

The accused number prominent members of the Sri Sathya Sai Central Trust. In one case:

Naidu blamed Baba’s aide Satyajit and said he is not allowing Baba’s ‘darshan’ for his devotees for the last six months. He claimed that those who are not physicians are in the team of doctors treating him. He also alleged that the government was not acting despite knowing all the facts.

If these followers can sustain their case, the chances are that the scandal will be very great. Hitherto, we have had utmost difficulty in getting any but the media outside India to investigate the Sai Baba cult. One of the foremost Indian editors privately told me:  it is not possible to investigate Sai Baba – his people are too powerful.  The mass circulation magazine India Today is one of the rare exceptions.  One of the journalists associated with the December 4, 2000 India Today cover story, Vijay Jung Thapa, had to have security mounted (‘close body protection’) during and for some time after he was involved in the exposure story on Sathya Sai Baba. Those of us who have great respect for the Gurka people of Nepal (of which Thapa is one) were not suprised by his courage, professionalism and tenacity in digging into the story. I see that he has now risen high as of 2008, getting the Editorship of The Hindustan Times, which has also, by the way, run an outspoken article critical of Sathya Sai Baba by a former editor. Unfortunately, it was all too impressionistic, rather than the product of hard-nosed research.  See my:  A Top Indian Editor Vir Sanghvi Fails Research Test.

India media to make some attempt to expose Sai Baba have been:  Tehelka, The Cavaran and (to a small extent) Hindustan Times. The job of exposure has been via the foreign media. Owing to a great many sacrificial hours put in by former devotees in good standing in their communities around the world there were, on television – BBC, CBC (Canada), DR (Denmark), Salon.com (USA), SBS, ABC (Australia). In paper media – Times of London, Daily Telegraph, Guardian (UK), Marie Claire Magazine, Salon.com, BT, Bild, Focus, Trouw, Speegelbield, Noordhollands Dagblad, Sokaren, Gatopardo, Ottawa Citizen, Toronto Star, Vancouver Sun, Age, Australian Financial Review, West Australian (a major front page article by an award-winning journalist (Torrance Mendez) was pulled at the 11th hour!), Adelaide Advertiser, etc., …..

There has long been a profound lack of Puttaparthi and international Sathya Sai Organization accountability and transparency.  Their failure in duty of care, not only in developing countries but in advanced democracies, has been simply appalling. For the type of morally cheap but financially expensive legal tricks they have used against a family who had been among the most prominent Sathya Sai devotees in the world, and whose son, Alaya, is one of many around the world who, over the decades, have reported sexual abuse of boys and young men – see:  Alaya Rahm – Some Key Statements. And the full statement of the Rahm family and the International JuST Group is here.  An incisive encapsulation of key circumstances is provided by the independent British author of many books and papers Kevin Shepherd:  23.6  The Alaya Rahm Lawsuit in California

Leading Indian journalists and editors, police chiefs and investigators, politicians and a few scholars who have tried to penetrate the heavy veil know of Sai secrecy of the horrific cover up of the police killings in Sathya Sai Baba’s bedroom by Puttaparthi officials in close association with the then powerful Home Minister S.B. Chavan, and central, Andhra Pradesh State and local governments. It is out of no idleness that the BBC entitled its 2004 documentary, which has been seen in some 200 or more countries, The Secret Swami.

Few have had the courage to speak out publicly on the issue, as has former Andhra Pradesh Home Secretary V.P.B. Nair, who was in office at the time of the killings. It is a sad commentary that very few have dared to speak out as Nair and (the late) B. Premanand have done. See the BBC Film Clip of V.P.B. Nair making his statement and my articles:  V.P.B. Nair. B.Premanand. R.Priddy: Sai Baba Bedroom Killings and: The BBC’s ‘The Secret Swami’ – A Revision

It is ironic, too, that NRI’s (Non Resident Indians) get to see coverage in the foreign media;  whereas, there is a heavy blanket of suppression in India. What of the ‘shining India’, beloved of both the naive and the forked of tongue? It makes the notion of ‘Indian democracy’ an oxymoron, and echoingly hollow

Grabs For Power and Wealth – Is There More Than the Usual Skullduggery Going On At Puttaparthi?

These latest reports reflect, in part, private information about power ploys within the Puttaparthi ashram that we have been receiving from within India. The accounts have come from sources found in the past to be reliably informed.

In the years that we have been exposing Sathya Sai Baba and his cult, my trusted colleague Robert Priddy and I have worked under certain unavoidable constraints. Sometimes, we receive information that, so as to protect those who are vulnerable, we cannot possibly refer to.  Another constraint is that any premature release of information, and of information that we cannot check, can only risk our credibility.

With some caution, several posts back – see:  Sathya Sai Baba’s Health Condition Again At Grave Risk, Posted by Barry Pittard on April 5, 2011, I wrote:

“By a number of usually well-informed sources , we are told that there is a battle royal going on for control of his organization. We learn of serious chicanery leveled against Sai Baba family members and others. Alert media, law firms and other investigators will need for example – very quickly, before witnesses are hushed up – to get hold of stakeholders who have been disaffected, and also those, including many leaders in India and abroad, who have resigned from the Sathya Sai Organization on a matter of ethical principle. Robert Priddy and I can coordinate contact with many individuals of excellent repute in their professions, trades and wider communities, who have provided evidence for major world media, governments, institutions, and so forth.

Experts in law, media, etc., well know that, well-handled and cross-checked, disenfranchised individuals and groups can yield accurate information. At the moment, we are doing some cross-checking of our own. Readers can watch this space.

Note: Investigative media and other serious enquirers can contact me at:  barrypittard@gmail.com

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Indo Asian News Service feeds state (Note: IANS is an organization which we have found, compared to a number of other Indian services, quite efficient and reliable):

Hyderabad, April 15, (IANS): Is there a conspiracy behind the health of spiritual leader Sathya Sai Baba? Is the Baba, who has millions of followers in India and around the world, being kept hostage by those close to him? A petition has been filed in a court seeking direction to the hospital authorities to reveal the facts about Baba.

A former MP, Adikeshavulu Naidu, has alleged that Baba is being held hostage. An advocate filed a petition in a court at Penugonda, seeking a direction to the Andhra  Pradesh government, the hospital and the Sathya Sai Trust to come out with all the details about the Baba’s condition.

The petition, filed by Bhaskar Reddy, will be heard Saturday. The petitioner alleged that the hospital and the trust were suppressing information about Baba’s condition and that there is lack of clarity in the daily medical bulletins being issued by the doctors of Sathya Sai super speciality hospital at Puttaparthu.

The petitioner also sought direction to the state government to come out with all the details of the trust and its activities as it involves several hundreds crore rupees.

A group of devotees also moved the state human rights commission Friday, seeking direction to the hospital to show Baba’s video clips to his devotees to clear the air over his actual condition. The group Dalit Janasabha argued that not showing the clips was a violation of human rights. It alleged that Baba was being kept under detention in the name of treatment.

Former MP and former chairman of Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam (TTD)  Adikeshavulu Naidu also made a sensational allegation that the trust in collusion with the hospital had kept Baba hostage. He said there was a conspiracy behind the 85-year-old Baba’s illness.

Naidu said Baba was being denied food and better medical treatment. “The top doctors are being denied access to him and when facilities are available to even take him abroad for treatment nothing is being done,” he told reporters in Chittoor.

Naidu blamed Baba’s aide Satyajit and said he is not allowing Baba’s ‘darshan’ for his devotees for the last six months. He claimed that those who are not physicians are in the team of doctors treating him. He also alleged that the government was not acting despite knowing all the facts.

Baba, who was admitted to the hospital on March 28 with heart and lung problems, suffered multiple organ dysfunction. Doctors said he remains stable but critical.

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NOTE:   Responsible, non-sensationalist media and other serious investigators can contact me at: barrypittard@gmail.com. Or email me at this blogsite from the Comments section below, with a guarantee of privacy. Latest major  media story to which my trusted colleague Robert Priddy and I have contributed is:  Marie Claire Australia. The article ‘Holy Man Or Hoax? by Gethin Chamberlain is referred to here:

‘Marie Claire’ Magazine: April 2011. Sathya Sai Baba Still Further Exposed

Posted by Barry Pittard on March 14, 2011

Further Reading

Sathya Sai Baba fully silenced, even maltreated and imprisoned?

Posted by robertpriddy on April 16, 2011

QUOTE:

One well-informed critical source in India has informed me that “Former trust members and ex-MPs are openly threatening to expose the entire sb charade if they are not adequately “paid off”…politicians are descending to grab whatever their grubby hands can….while sb aides are hoping to make a fast buck and make a run for it…and sb trust members and close family are involved in a bitter fight….all this is out in the open…and a public interest legal petition has been filed in an Andhra court to ascertain the facts of the whole dirty affair…”

Lengthy, detailed archival Sai Finance and Deceits and further deceit documentation here

For a broad sweep of many revelations which the Sathya Sai Organization cannot wish away if there is ever court or other investigative action, see:

Sathya Sai Devotees Suspect Foul Play In Guru’s Health Crisis. Seek Court Order

“Can We Trust the Central Trust?” by ex-President of Moscow Sathya Sai Centre, Serguei Badaev

Donations to Sathya Sai Central Trust misused by/for directors etc.

Sathya Sai Baba failing – at the mercy of power brokers- eg. corrupt ex-IAS ashram boss Chackravati

Puttaparthi and Misconduct of Sathya Sai Baba’s Officials

Posted by Barry Pittard on December 16, 2009

V.P.B. Nair Told BBC Sai Baba Bedroom Killings Were “Coldblooded Murder”

Posted by Barry Pittard on January 6, 2011

Many Notable Sathya Sai Baba Cult Leaders Resign

Posted by Barry Pittard on February 18, 2011

Call for media and government investigation of Sathya Sai Baba

General Excerpt From Public Petition (and introduction) (Note: You may prefer to proceed straight to the Petition):

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