Sathya Sai Baba’s Residence Unlocked. Vast Treasury Uncovered
Posted by Barry Pittard on June 17, 2011
Note: I shall analyse Indian media reports just to hand, and write further, tomorrow. Barry Pittard
From India, one of our correspondents writes:
“Sai Baba’s official residence ‘Yajur mandiram’, built at a cost of around Rs 35-40 crores ( $9-10 millions) in 2006, was opened yesterday by the SSB trust members after having been kept locked for the past 2 months. At 10 AM Thursday morning, the key was brought from the State bank of India by the bank manager and the residence opened. My sources tell me (confirmed by some newspaper reports too) that a staggering amount of hard cash was discovered, in several currencies. It was so much that bank officials decided in 2 hrs to bring in many currency counting machines. At least 15-20 students were pressed into service to count the cash alone and it took them many hours to complete the job. Unofficial reports say that the cash alone would be in the range of several millions of dollars.
Referring to Sathya Sai Baba’s last and probably most important lover, Satjyajit, who has recently renounced any claim to headship of the Sathya Sai Central Trust, the same informant writes:
Satyajit was specially brought in by the SSB trust to identify all the places where the “divine treasure” has been stashed away, as he was the only one Sai Baba had trusted in his last few years. Apart from the huge cash haul, a large amount of gold, diamonds and precious jewelry has been found. Chains, lockets, rings etc in their hundreds were heaped in secret hiding places. Local sources say that this would only be a fraction of what had been originally inside Sai Baba’s residence as after his hospitalisation, several trucks of cash and gold had been reportedly spirited away by SSB trust members/their agents.
A few computers were also found inside the residence complex, and are reported to contain details of Sai Baba’s huge financial empire.
No government official was allowed to be present during the inspection process that lasted the whole day, but SSB trust members say they have videographed the inspection proceedings and would submit an inventory to the government soon SSB trust officials refused to comment or take questions, and Ratnakar, SSB’s nephew has said a statement would be issued within 24 hours”.
Apparently Satyajit had to be brought in to open the personal chamber of Sai Baba because ultra sophisticated biometric security locking system had been installed and Satyajit alone could have opened it. Media was kept out-of-bounds, as were ordinary devotees and the public, even the police were not allowed in, and no district or revenue officials allowed into the compound.
This was reported by India Today even 2 weeks back in India Today, which, as we all know, had always taken an extra interest in Sai Baba. See:
The following are today’s news links in almost all major national newspapers.
This news item yesterday suggests that the Sathya Sai Central Trust was split about how much importance Satyajit should be given. But, in the end, did the fact he alone could open the biometric security locks force the SSB Central Trust?
Excerpt From Public Petition (and introduction)