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Another Sathya Sai Baba Multi Million Haul Found At Puttaparthi

Posted by Barry Pittard on July 20, 2011

As major litigation preparations unfold – particularly in regard to Sathya Sai Baba’s officials with the complicity, over the years, in cover up by Indian, local, state and national governments – it does the Sai devotees’ cause no good that one extraordinary revelation follows another of his secret hoarding of Midas or Croesus like treasures.

Fresh from having just uncovered yet more millions of dollars worth of secret treasure in currency and valuables (See reports below), Andhra Pradesh revenue officials are now readying to search further parts of the Puttaparthi complex, as well as other venues such as the ashram at Kadugodi.

This ashram is, by the way, where I was a lecturer at the Sathya Sai college, Whitefield, via Bangalore (1978-79, very happily teaching without remuneration at the invitation of one who, all the while, unknown to me, was serially sexually abusing, along with certain teaching staff, the students whom I loved. I am to this day determined to see justice done against the great abuses to which many of them, under inducement of threats, bribery and flattery, were subjected.

Many are the accounts,too terrible to be spoken of unless to those like Robert Priddy and myself who have, down many years, been trusted by former devotees in taking leadership roles in exposing the International Sathya Sai cult. Those who, down the years, have confided these terrible secrets, know that we have honored this privacy. Nor have we overstepped into preserves which properly belong to professional counselors. Indeed we have stood ready to ensure that any who wish for counseling are accessed to properly accredited, respected professionals. Recognizing how fragile survivors of abuses can be, we have been very careful to respect vulnerability when vulnerability has already been so shockingly, in some cases tragically, outraged.

I say to all those who were once Sai Baba’s male students:  Now furnished with great financial and legal resources, a number of us have not forgotten the terrible iniquities that Sathya Sai Baba, his teachers and other of his key servitors have perpetrated upon you. Hopefully, you will be able, by courageously putting aside your past silence and inaction, to support those of your former classmates and others who now work to assail those shameless men, and occasionally women, who knew what was going on and who are still very much alive and hold sway at the top echelons of the Sai cult in India and far beyond. Those who cannot, for whatever reason, bring themselves to act publicly can at the very least encourage and support privately those who are standing determined and tall.


Important Breakthrough!

Litigation against the Sathya Sai Baba forces of serial sexual and other criminal abuses is now powerfully on the move. World class law firms are being consulted. Millions of dollars are on call for this fight on behalf of one of history’s profoundly righteous causes.

SPECIAL NOTE:  Those who wish to litigate or in other ways support legal actions against those who supported the years of homosexual abuse of boys and young men, and other abuses, can, with assurance of strict confidentiality contact my close and trusted colleague Robert Priddy: or myself, Barry Pittard at: or Jay Narain (former Sathya Sai student) client of Hunt and Hunt law firm (see below) at:                                                   

Further Reading

Young Male Sex Abuse: Legal ‘Locomotive’ Hurtles Towards Sai Baba’s Accomplices

Posted by Barry Pittard on July 19, 2011

Young Male Sex Abuse: International Legal Challenge Will Confront Key Sathya Sai Baba Men

Posted by Barry Pittard on July 19, 2011

Towards Accountability Of Sathya Sai Baba’s Accomplices: A Call To Legal Action

Posted by Barry Pittard on July 16, 2011

For Those Connected With Sathya Sai Education Institutions: A Reckoning Time

Posted by Barry Pittard on July 16, 2011

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More gold found in Sai Baba’s room

TNN | Jul 20, 2011, 01.10am IST

PUTTAPARTHI: It’s raining diamonds, gold and silver in Sathya Sai Baba’s abode, Yajur Mandir, at Puttaparthi’s sprawling Prashanthi Nilayam.

A day after 34.5 kg of gold and 340 kg of silver stashed in Sai Baba’s personal chambers was found and its value revealed, more gold and silver articles tumbled out from Baba’s personal rooms.

During the searches conducted from 10am on Tuesday, officials found 737 kg of silver worth Rs 4.5 crore, 1.32 kg of gold worth Rs 30 lakh, a gold crown (weighing half a kilo) worth Rs 11 lakh, Rs 32 lakh in cash and a diamond set whose value is yet to be estimated. A gold bracelet studded with Belgium diamonds, silver slippers, a silver throne, panchaloha (five-metal) idols of Lord Rama, Sita, Lakshmana, Hanuman and a statue of LordKrishna were also found.

Sources said 2,000 expensive silk saris, silk dhotis, watches, pens and gift articles were also found from various rooms during searches supervised by social welfare department special officer D Venkatesam.

Officials also found old currency notes and old personal articles of silver and gold used by Sai Baba from one of the rooms. Till now, Rs 60 crore worth of gold, silver and cash have been found in four rounds of inventory conducted inside the Yajur Mandir, which has 15-20 rooms. It was first opened on June 16 after Sai Baba’s death on April 24.


More treasure found in Sai Baba’s ashram

Hyderabad, July 19 (IANS) Cash, gold and silver continues to tumble out of cupboards in the late Sathya Sai Baba’s residential quarters in Puttaparthi town of Andhra Pradesh, with valuables worth nearly Rs.75 crore being found so far in three rounds of counting, officials said.

At the completion of the counting on the second consecutive day, government officials found 1,161 kg of silver, 1.5 kg of gold and Rs.5.91 crore in cash in the building adjoining Yajur Mandir in Prashanti Nilayam, Anantpur district. The latest haul is estimated to be worth Rs.16 crore.

The items found Tuesday reportedly include a diamond necklace and a suitcase containing Rs.27 lakh in cash, said to be donated by a top cricketer.

The latest round of inventory, the third in a month, was taken up Monday and on the first day 34.5 kg of gold, 340 kg of silver and Rs.1.90 crore of cash was found. The counting resumed Tuesday morning in the presence of Sathya Sai Central Trust officials and completed around 9 p.m.

Anantapur District Collector Durgadas told reporters the jewellery, cash and other valuables were found in six rooms, which were not opened in the earlier rounds.

The officials found gold bangles, earrings, silver mugs, silver cookware, plates, spoons, puja material, expensive saris, shirts, trousers and other gift items.

The officials believe there might be more rooms and closets which were not searched earlier and might yield more treasure.

The third haul is likely to raise further doubts about the functioning of the trust, which manages the affairs of the vast spiritual empire of Sathya Sai Baba.

The trust, which had opened the spiritual guru’s personal chamber June 16 for the first time after his demise April 24, found Rs.11.56 crore, 98 kg gold and gold jewellery, and 307 kg silver and silver articles.

It also claimed to have completed the inventory of all the articles.

However, two days later seizure of Rs.35 lakh by police while being transported from Prashanti Nilayam to Bangalore triggered a huge row with a section of devotees alleging that the trust members were involved in financial irregularities and that huge amounts of cash and gold were shipped out of Baba’s ashram.

Though the trust clarified that the cash was donated by a group of devotees for building Baba’s ‘samadhi’, police have still not solved the mystery behind the unaccounted money.

Following the row over the seized cash and the allegations by devotees, the government stepped in. The district officials inspected the rooms adjoining Yajur Mandir July 3 and found silver and gold articles worth over Rs.76 lakh.

The second and third round of valuables have proved wrong the initial claims by the trust that there were no more rooms left to be inspected, say officials.

In the three rounds of inventory so far, nearly Rs.75 crore worth gold, silver and cash has been recovered from Yajur Mandir and adjoining rooms, say officials.

More cash, gold and silver is being found at a time when an expert committee appointed by the state government is evaluating the report submitted by the trust July 10.

The report was submitted by the trust after the government issued a notice, asking it to provide all details of its finances, activities, revenues, background of the trust members and officials and future plans.

After evaluating the report, the government is likely to take a decision on whether to take over the trust or set up a mechanism to monitor the trust in view of the demands made by a section of devotees.

©Indo-Asian News Service

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