BBC Dropped 2004 Plan To Investigate Sathya Sai Baba Money Trail
Posted by Barry Pittard on September 13, 2011
One cannot but wonder whether there was a reason, other than craziness, that Sathya Sai Baba stored up the vast secret treasure hoard in currency, gold, silver and precious gems. Perhaps it was to put a stop to certain of his officials plundering it. Such as, stashing it in offshore banks – in venues such as Liechtenstein, and engaging in money laundering of various kinds.
Alike, Sathya Sai Baba’s critics and some devotees now ask large questions about his officials and their financial dealings. It is a pity that there was not investigation long ago. A former head of one of the world’s leading police forces, who is now in private consultancy in Paris and regarded as one of the top handful of financial investigators in the world, told me that Sathya Sai Baba was the master criminal of the 20th century. (I am happy to give his name in good faith to any investigators who work with responsible organizations).
At the time, the sheer enormity of this description did not compute in my mind, although I expressed the hope to the BBC’s David Saville that the BBC would consider speaking with this former police chief.
During the months that went into producing the BBC’s ‘The Secret Swami’, and after I had received reports of Sathya Sai funds being spirited into overseas bank accounts, I mentioned the money trail issue to the BBC. For a little while, it seemed that they would use Patrick Masters to investigate Sai Baba-related money trails. However, the BBC Iris Asic, Eamon Hardy, David Saville and Tanya Datta increasingly investigated other aspects which, themselves, required great time and effort. Effectively, this 2004 documentary narrowed down to two themes:
– the allegations from many parts of the world against Sathya of serial sexual molestation of boys and young men
– the police killings in Sathya Sai Baba’s bedroom on 6 June 1993
“Although we know too well that he has formidable protection from successive Indian governments, both State and Central, some of our people in India have sacrificially put themselves at much risk in raising the allegations with Indian authorities. The Sathya Sai Organization arms itself by aligning itself with the power-brokers of trade, finance and politics, both Indian and foreign, who ensure that the vast funds that pour to its Sathya Sai Central Trust are not affected. One of the foremost officials in the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office asked Hon. Tony Colman, former MP for Putney to back off in regard to Sai Baba because the Blair government did not want to rock the boat with India. It is, therefore, a pity that the BBC’s intention to engage a financial investigator Patrick Masters was not able to occur in the several months of intense research for ‘The Secret Swami’. But then there were so many components that vied for attention. Again, always with the current consent of those involved, the details of such activities we will share with bona fide, notably trustworthy experts”.
(Note: You may prefer to proceed straight to the Petition): Public Petition For Official Investigations of Sathya Sai Baba and His Worldwide Organization