Indian Lawyers Challenge Sathya Sai Baba’s Central Trust On Secrecy and Foul Play
Posted by Barry Pittard on April 18, 2011
In the last days, there has fast emerged a major new turning point in the Sathya Sai saga. A climate is emerging in which Sathya Sai Baba devotee appointed lawyers are seriously looking at what their clients attest is the severe lack of accountability and the gross misconduct of leading elements of Puttparthi officialdom.
See: Downturn In Sathya Sai Baba’s Condition (April 17th 2011) Posted by Barry Pittard on April 18, 2011 and Sathya Sai Devotees Suspect Foul Play In Guru’s Health Crisis. Seek Court Order Posted by Barry Pittard on April 16, 2011
These lawyers and their clients may pause to consider that networked former devotees have long spoken out about the extreme lack of accountability and duty of care in the international Sri Sathya Sai Organization. Indeed, some of these who have spoken up at great sacrifice to themselves and families were previously prominent leaders highly respected down the many years in which they served Sathya Sai Baba and his international organization. See: The Sathya Sai Organization: Almost overnight, dissenters treated as demons!
In the article: Bob Bozzani Big Donor To Guru Sai Baba Under Siege Posted by Barry Pittard on March 2, 2007, I wrote:
Refusal to have proper mechanisms in place for the hearing of complaints has put the Sri Sathya Sai Organization light years behind today’s demand for accountability. On April 3, 2003, the then Australian head of the Sathya Sai Organisation of Australia, T. Sri Ramanathan, phoned me to threaten dire legal consequences (he was all bluff and bullying, of course) if I did not “cease and desist”.
I suggested that any organisation, including his, is wise to have a workable complaints mechanism, otherwise unaddressed grievances are bound to create problems. He said I was “clouding the issue” and that the only issue was “Swami’s glory”. There was no need, he said, for such a mechanism in the Sathya Sai Organisation, which is “special and different to any other organisation.” It was, he said, “a divine organisation”.
Perhaps the Indian Sathya Sai devotee lawyers will be astute enough to show any court or human rights tribunal that successive executive regimes at Puttaparthi (known as the Sri Sathya Sai Central Trust) have constantly and characteristically ridden high, wide and far from handsome over genuine requests by devotees – and indeed the former devotees they for so many decades once honored and worked beside – for transparency and accountability.
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Posted by Barry Pittard on March 14, 2011
General Excerpt From Public Petition (and introduction) (Note: You may prefer to proceed straight to the Petition):