Violence Erupts In Sathya Sai Central Trust Saga
Posted by Barry Pittard on July 9, 2013
Yet another scandal has erupted in the Sathya Sai Baba camp, again involving the Sathya Sai Central Trust, whose exceptional dishonesty became, particularly following Sai Baba’s death in April 2011, only too clear as it came under increasing media attention. Contestants fought publicly, loudly and bitterly, and government and police actions made extraordinary discoveries. See: Sai Baba Treasure Scandals: His Big Political Protectors Now Run For Cover. Posted by Barry Pittard on June 22, 2011
This earlier news item gives a brief background to the present scandal:
Before coming to know of the dark scandals in the life of Sathya Sai Baba and others around him, Eileen Weed (USA) closely attended on Sai Baba’s sister Venkamma. Ms Weed, formerly known by the spiritual name ‘Divya’, is known as a fluent Telegu speaker and writer and responsible for editing tasks related to Sai Baba publishing. For background on this important primary witness, who lived in Sai Baba ashrams for many years, see: Sathya Sai ashram honeymoon delusions depicted. Posted by robertpriddy on August 2, 2012
In response to the latest revelations, Ms Weed (see news report below), has just written to myself and another:
“I was actually surprised that Ganapathy Raju didn’t get into trouble before”.
By Express News Service – ANANTAPUR
08th July 2013 08:31 AM
The turf war between the relatives of Sri Satya Sai Baba reached its peak with an attack on the residence of M Ganapathy Raju, the first cousin of Satya Sai Baba, by alleged followers of Ratnakar, member of Sri Satya Sai Central Trust and also nephew of Sai Baba, in Puttaparti on Sunday.
The agitators also burnt Ganapathy Raju’s effigy by alleging that he is hurting the sentiments of Satya Sai devotees. Though it was learnt that Raju went to the police station for lodging a complaint over the incident, he did not return home till late in the evening. Meanwhile, rumours were making rounds in Puttaparti about the abduction of Ganapathy Raju by followers of Ratnakar. There are also reports that the police took him into their custody and shifted him to Bangalore citing security concerns. Following the demise of Sai Baba, allegations poured up against the trust members especially against Ratnakar, that he is damaging the image of Sai Baba.
However, Ratnakar described all the allegations as ‘baseless’ from time to time.
Meanwhile, the trust members received a mail from rajuug firstname.lastname@example.org, in which the mailer demanded a ransom of Rs 25 lakh from the trust members.
After learning about the mail, Ganapathy Raju, whose mail ID (email@example.com) is almost similar to the above mail ID suspected it as the handiwork of Ratnakar and sought the trust members to unravel the persons involved.
Later, he also lodged a complaint with the district SP some time ago and it was learnt that a CID official directed the district police to probe the issue recently. As per directions, the district police enquired him about it.
Excerpt From Public Petition (and introduction)