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Head of Sai Baba Mega Dollar Hospital At Puttaparthi Resigns. Others Quitting Jobs Too

Posted by Barry Pittard on June 26, 2011

The head of Sathya Sai Baba’s multi-million dollar hospital at Puttaparthi, Dr A.N. Safaya has resigned, along with other medical and nursing staff.

Dr A.N. Safaya, Head of Sathya Sai Superspecialty Hospital Resigns, along with other Staff

I only met Dr Safaya once, when I lengthily interviewed him at the Sri Sathya Sai Superspeciality Hospital for an article to be published in the Puttaparthi-based magazine ‘Spiritual Impressions’, which is distributed internationally. My impression was of a gracious, deeply dedicated man. He is highly respected in India and abroad in the medical profession.

I venture to predict that, given a probing Andhra Pradesh government enquiry into the circumstances of Sathya Sai Baba’s death, the circumstances of Dr Safaya’s resignation, and of other medical and nursing staff at the Sai hospital, will show that forces on the Sathya Sai Central Trust, and certain of their agents, have been grossly unscrupulous. And, more widely, criminal.

There are very serious allegations arising in news coverage that those around Sathya Sai Baba prior to his admission to the hospital where he died on 25 April withheld vital medical information from Dr Safaya and other medical experts in attendance.

From other flows of information we are receiving, it looks as though there is a surge of devotees massing, who are very ethical and deeply concerned with what has been withheld from them.

Fast-mounting events indicate that, just as occurred when we began our exposure of Sathya Sai Baba and his cult, circa 2000, many people are leaving the Sathya Sai Organization, and those contemplating membership have decided not to join.

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For those with information, I can be contacted at this blogsite. Or via:  barpittard@gmail.com. Where special security/confidentiality needs may be called for, there are protocols available. My colleague Robert Priddy and I have dealt with many international situations involving private individuals, media, government and institutions, and confidentiality is assured.

It may be that some fear going to various agencies in the Indian state or federal police. A former head of Interpol in Australia has assured me that there are workarounds in situations of this kind. Should anyone in India wish to share this level of information, please feel welcome to write to me.

Barry Pittard, former Lecturer, Sathya Sai College, Whitefield, via Bangalore, South India.

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TIMES OF INDIA

Sai hospital head quits

TNN | Jun 25, 2011, 01.29am IST

PUTTAPARTHI: In yet another indication that the mega Sai empire is undergoing a churn, Dr A N Safaya, director of Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Medical Sciences (SSSIHMS), has decided to quit. Safaya, a former head of AIIMS in Delhi, was looking after Sai Baba when he was in the hospital.Along with Safaya several other heads in the super-speciality hospital on the outskirts of Puttaparthi are all set to quit. Sources told TOI that Safaya has decided to quit his job and has informed the Trust authorities about his decision. He is likely to continue till November-end. “After attending Sai Baba’s birthday celebration, Safaya will put in his papers,” insiders in Prasanthi Nilayam said.Safaya, who has been on leave for 24 days, arrived in Puttaparthi on Friday and made known his decision to quit. Sources said Safaya was upset over the happenings in the Trust and the continuous bashing the hospital has been receiving from various quarters. Sources said Safaya was distraught ever since Baba had passed away on April 24. “I came to serve him and wanted to be here for life. But with Baba himself gone, I don’t see myself serving in the hospital,” he reportedly told his close aides. Safaya could not be contacted.“He has already suggested to the Trust to search for a new director,” sources said. Safaya, originally from Kashmir, was handpicked by Sai Baba when he was serving in AIIMS, Delhi, and made director of SSSIHMS in 1990. Sources said Safaya did not want to face the mounting allegations and charges made by family members of Sai Baba over the alleged medical negligence which led to Baba’s death. Baba was admitted to the hospital on March 28 in a critical condition.Safaya faced a lot of flak from devotees and family members when Sai Baba was being treated in the hospital with multi-organ failure. He landed himself in trouble when he claimed that they had no medical case sheet of Sai Baba. “With no Trust member willing to come forward and share the health updates of Baba with the media, Safaya was providing the daily updates and medical bulletins. He had to face a lot of questions from the government team of doctors and senior bureaucrats,” hospital sources said.Also hurt over the continuous bashing of the super-specialty hospital on the medical treatment provided to Sai Baba, heads of some of the key wings in the hospital have decided to quit and are planning to join other hospitals, it is learnt. Hospital joint director Jagadish Chandra, medical superintendent Bharadwaj and chief engineer Viswanath were among those who have decided to put in their papers.Feeling insecure over their jobs, 11 nurses have resigned in the last one week. “Some of them have quit as the Trust was not implementing the Sixth Pay Commission wages. Three nurses have already joined a private hospital in Bangalore,” hospital sources said.While Sai Baba had set up a general hospital way back in 1968, he opened SSSIHMS in 1991 in a record time of 11 months to offer free and specialised medicare to the poor and downtrodden sections. Now, doubts are cropping up whether the Trust would be able to continue the free services at the hospital.

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Sathya Sai Trust’s R.J.Ratnakar – Long Police Interrogation. Intensive Investigations Continue

Posted by Barry Pittard on June 26, 2011

Latest reports in the Indian media reveal that the Anantapur district police have questioned a leading Sathya Sai Central Trust member, Sathya Sai Baba’s nephew R.J. Ratnakar for over five hours. He has refused media interviews. Police have scheduled for Monday 27 June an interview with another prominent Sathya Sai Central Trust member, V. Srinivasan.

As matters stand, there is glaring contradiction between statements of Srinivasan, who has admitted Trust involvement in extraordinary movements of cash, and of R.J. Ratnakar, who says that the money is actually from 12 donors, and can be explained.

But how does one explain Trust workers clandestinely moving – in a van and in a bus – such vast amounts – and right on the heels of the discovery multi millions of cash, gemstones and other valuables secreted in Sai Baba’s bedroom? Where is the transparency in this?

Information is abroad that R.J. Ratnakar has been attempting to involve a number of Sai Baba students in attempts to cover up certain of the financial irregularities, but that the boys and their families have refused to have anything to do with any improper dealings.

See Hindu Times article, below.

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For those with information, I can be contacted at this blogsite. Or via:  barpittard@gmail.com. Where special security/confidentiality needs may be called for, there are protocols available. My colleague Robert Priddy and I have dealt with many international situations involving private individuals, media, government and institutions, and confidentiality is assured.

It may be that some fear going to various agencies in the Indian state or federal police. A former head of Interpol in Australia has assured me that there are workarounds in situations of this kind. Should anyone in India wish to share this level of information, please feel welcome to write to me.

Barry Pittard, former Lecturer, Sathya Sai College, Whitefield, via Bangalore, South India.

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For some salient attitudes derived from my several years in India, see portions of my article:

Could Sathya Sai Treasury Scandals Lead to India’s Watergate?

Posted by Barry Pittard on June 23, 2011

Sathya Sai Baba – The Man Who Would Be ‘King of Kings’

Posted by Barry Pittard on April 27, 2011

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NOTE:

This V. Srinivasan is chairman of WS Industries, Chennai, South India. Various Sai Baba devotees have typically referred to him as:  “Venu”.  In certain Indian media reports, there has been a mix-up in with a Mr Venu Srinivasan, one of India’s top industrialists, who belongs to the TVS group, a Chennai-based industrial group. Concerned lest the V. Srinivasan of TVS be harmed by the heavy national media attention to  the Sathya Sai Central Trust’s V.Srinivasan, also chairman of the WS Industries, Chennai,  TVS has sent out a media clarification.

This type of mix-up was addressed, for example, in the Economic Times:

Sathya Sai Baba death: Who will succeed him as chairman of Sai Trust?

ET Bureau Apr 25, 2011, 01.53am IST

“In March 2010, the Trust was reconstituted and included, apart from Baba, the following members: former chief justice of India PN Bhagawati; chartered accountant Indulal Shah; former central chief vigilance commissioner SV Giri; WS Industries chairman V Srinivasan (commonly misunderstood for Venu Srinivasan of TVS Motors); and Rathnakar. Also, the Trust’s council of management has the following members: lawyer SS Naganand; former Canara Bank chairman JV Shetty; former IOB chairman TKK Bhagavat; retired IAS official K Chakravarthi”.

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Front Page.

Police grill Ratnakar for over 5 hours Rakesh Reddy V.K

PUTTAPARTHI: R.J. Ratnakar, a Member of Sri Sathya Sai Central Trust, was grilled by Anantapur district police at the Prashanthi Nilayam on Saturday, in connection with the seizure of Rs.35 lakh in cash while it was being transported from here on June 18.

A team of police led by DSP of Penukonda Kolar Krishna interrogated Mr. Ratnakar, nephew of late Sai Baba, for more than five hours.

The interrogation is significant in light of the “confessions” to the police by K. Sohan Shetty of Bangalore and S. Chandrasekhara Murthy, driver of the car seized by the police. According to the remand report filed by the Circle Inspector of Hindupur One Town, Mr. Shetty (A2) confessed that Mr. Ratnakar and V. Srinivasan, another trustee, had given him Rs.35 lakh on June 18 to conceal and provide it as and when required.

The driver (A3) said during interrogation that the two trustees had brought the cash bag from Yajur Mandir, residence of Sai Baba, and kept it in a Sonata car. Later, on their directions, he transported the cash and handed it over to Mr. Shetty. “The Trust management or A2, who got possession of the cash, had failed to produce any document or record claiming the money belonged to them,” the report added.

According to sources, the police also questioned Mr. Ratnakar on the basis of the reported statements of Mr. Srinivasan, that the cash indeed belonged to the Trust and that it was just a rare occasion when the Trust decided to pay out in cash for construction of Sai Baba’s Samadhi. This was in contrast to Mr. Ratnakar’s own statement that the cash did not belong to the Trust but to 12 different donors, who would eventually claim it.

Earlier in the day, hundreds of people took out a procession in Puttaparthi demanding the resignation of members of the Trust till such time that they prove themselves to be innocent.

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