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Purported Early Sathya Sai Baba Document. Sai Trust In Dispute With Late Sai Baba’s Close Aide, Satyajit

Posted by Barry Pittard on September 14, 2012

A few media in India report what the Deccan Chronicle calls a “flutter”.  It reports:

“… The document emerged in public recently when Satyajit, a close aide of Sai Baba, reportedly gave it to Sri Satya Sai Central Trust during a board meeting of the trustees. A letter to this effect was marked to office-bearers of Sri Satya Sai Institutions and Organisations and the Baba’s devotees, it is learnt”.

Satyajit. Sai Baba’s very intimate favourite. Deeply involved in power struggles with the Sathya Sai Central Trust. Subject of intense police and state government questioning about the vast treasure horde hidden in Sai Baba’s private quarters.  See my article, and key links:  Reports of Sathya Sai Central Trust Van Laden With Treasure Seized By Andhra State Police

See Indian media reports below.  Further in the article, I preface these with some points an Indian correspondent of ours raises. 

A flutter?

Open a musty old cupboard and – behold – a flutter of moths. There is not much for them to feast on, but they survive a day or so.  Thus it is with Sathya Sai Baba news these days.  I doubt that the Sathya Sai Organisation will worry much about a few moths.  

(When we have processed and are ready to reveal new evidence concerning the murders in Sathya Sai Baba’s bedroom, there may be something more than flutters when we go internationally public soon about a matter the Sathya Sai Central Trust has managed to suppress for years. Fortunately, the evidence is now safely outside India, free from the vast network of corrupt government, police and jurisprudential practice that for decades kept Sathya Sai Baba and some of his servitors out of gaol).

For decades, Sathya Sai Baba and many of his keynote speakers have gravely exaggerated his importance in countries beyond India. Few international media mentioned his death, and a few briefly referred to it. Most media that reported it, such as the Times of London, The Telegraph, etc., did so just as they would treat other news from around the world.

Those who have long traveled extensively in India, know perfectly well that, though Sathya Sai Baba can rightly be regarded as famous there, he was always far less nationally noteworthy than many other famous Indians. Through the years, a great many Indians have frowned upon him. Though many approve of social work done in his name, they gravely disapprove of the costly pomp and circumstance, and of the focus on miracles, whether these might be real, imagined or faked.  See:  BBC Footage Exposes Fake Sathya Sai Baba Miracle.

A Few More Flutters, and Few More Than Flutters

It is an irony that much of Sai Baba’s  international note was, in fact, notoriety.  For many years, behind-the-scenes influence of his devotees among the power elites was so great that almost all Indian media suppressed news unfavorable to him. Shamefully to India, major responsible investigative media outside India, such as the BBC, CBC, DR, SBS, ABC, The Times, The Telgraph, The Guardian, and others, exposed him. This activity owed mostly to the work of internationally organized former devotees, of whom many had been his deeply dedicated devotees for many years.

Few visitors over the years escaped the Puttaparthi hype. Sai Baba and his servitors long made patent and absurd claims:  e.g., supposed uniqueness of the social work, the volume of crowd numbers, the international composition of a cricket match, that Sai Baba was on the list of Nobel Prize candidates,  and much more, For a well-documented but tip-of-the-iceberg sample, see:

The Quiet Weeding Out Of Sathya Sai Baba’s Embarrassing Statements

Brian Steel Exposes Sathya Sai Baba On Glaring Historical Mistakes

Sathya Sai Baba Made Huge Science and History Mistakes

‘The Conflicting Reports and Propaganda About Sathya Sai Baba’s Followers and Visitor Numbers’ 

Sick and Ailing Sathya Sai Baba 85. His Promises to Look Young Have Failed

Golden Throne of India’s Sathya Sai Baba. He says he will Rule the world soon

Sathya Sai Baba Failed To Face India’s Endemic Corruption. Or Support Key Agencies of Real Change

Sai Baba’s failed predictions, doubtful birth date, doubtful age, doubtful death

Cognitive dissonance, one of the most studied phenomena in psychology, works wonders in keeping the devotees’ faith alive.  It is the quickly buried lie that one tells to oneself to go on believing what one prefers to believe.

Sai Baba himself and many of his keynote speakers have endlessly extolled the  works done in his name as the greatest of all time. It is as though countless other great humanitarian works have scarcely existed.  The boastful Muhammad Ali told the world that he was the greatest. But then he was. Someone has to be right sometime.

The Purported Early Sathya Sai Baba Document. Some Questions 

Of the current dispute about the Sai Baba document reported in the Indian media, one of our Indian informants writes:

This is bizarre and raises several issues . Here are a few questions that come to my mind.

1. If Sai Baba had indeed registered a declaration in 1967, to be treated as a “will” and if Satyajit had it from 1998, and if indeed Indulal Shah had been a witness and known about it for 44 years from 1967, why did Indulal Shah, Satyajit and the Sathya Sai Central Trust completely deny it after Sai Baba’s death and hide all facts about it?

2. When controversy broke out between Sai Baba’s family and the Trust, and when the Government was planning to take over the Sai Central Trust, why didn’t the Sai Trust lawyers make it public?

3. If Sai Baba had indeed filed such a declaration legally, how come SB himself didn’t make it public or part of the SB trust charter all these years till his death?

4. According to Sai Baba’s own legally sworn statement, he was 44 years old in March 1967…this would mean he claims to be born in 1922/1923. If so, he would have been duping his followers by saying he was born in 1926. 

5. If he was 44 in 1967, and claims he left his family when he was 12, does it mean he left his family in 1935? That would mean that he claims to have left  then… but this does not fit with known facts.

6. Sai Baba claimed that he “left his family”…but dont we all know he family didn’t leave him …his parents, sisters, brother, nieces, nephews, all of them stayed with him at the expense of the Trust, were allotted houses, cars and given positions in the Trust, ashram etc. Jankiramiah, his younger brother who Sai Baba made a member of his Central Trust.

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Deccan Chronicle

Thursday, Sep 13, 2012 Last Update: 11:43 AM IST

A 1967 document, purportedly made and signed by Sri Satya Sai Baba of Puttaparthi, renouncing worldly pleasures, has created a flutter.

The document emerged in public recently when Satyajit, a close aide of Sai Baba, reportedly gave it to Sri Satya Sai Central Trust during a board meeting of the trustees. A letter to this effect was marked to office-bearers of Sri Satya Sai Institutions and Organisations and the Baba’s devotees, it is learnt.

The document, prepared on a Maharashtra stamp paper of Rs 3.50, dated March 23, 1967, and purportedly signed by Sai Baba, declares that he has dedicated his life for Sanathana Dharma, that he has ‘relinquished’ all title and interest in family property, ‘moveable and/or immovable’, and that he has ‘no intention to revert’.

A relative of Sai Baba said on condition of anonymity that he possesses a scanned copy of the document. “The document might be true but irrelevant now,” the relative said over phone from Puttaparti.

“I really don’t know the reason why it was leaked, it’s a mischief. Swami spoke about these things in one of his speeches, but certain facets of the document were suspicious. When every document was prepared on stamp paper bought in AP, why a Maharashtra stamp paper was used (for this document)?” he asked.

Though bought on July 8, 1965, the stamp paper was used two years later.

Satyajit could not be reached for his reaction. The document has now been brought to the notice of Indulal Shah, a trustee, with a request to attest it.


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45-year-old document adds new twist to Satya Sai Baba’s empire


Nearly 18 months after the demise of world-renowned godman Satya Sai Baba, a 45-year old document in which he claimed no personal right on the multi-crore spiritual empire built by him, has surfaced triggering a major controversy in Prashanti Nilayam, the abode of Sai Baba at Puttaparthi in Anantapur district of Andhra Pradesh.

The document, e-mailed to the media by Sai Baba’s personal attendant Satyajit late on Sunday evening, exposes the internal wrangling in the Satya Sai Central Trust which manages the affairs of Prashanti Nilayam. There have been reports from Puttaparthi for quite some that Sai Baba’s nephew R.J. Ratnakar Raju (son of Baba’s younger brother R Janakiramaiah) is trying to gain control over the trust, whose movable and immovable properties worth thousands of crores, which led to a conflict between him and the other trust members.

Ratnakar told the media on Monday that he was not aware of the existence of any such “document of declaration” all these days. “You should ask Satyajit as to why he has not disclosed the document since the demise of Bhagwan Sai Baba in April, 2011. In any case, I don’t think there is any significance to this document, which had not been registered anywhere. However, we are forced to believe the document because it was signed by Bhagwan himself,” Ratnakar said.

The document, which Satyajit claimed as an original “document of declaration”, was made on a stamp paper in Bombay and signed by Satya Sai and attested by Indu Lal Shah, noted chartered accountant from Mumbai, who is still the member of Satya Sai Central Trust and a sole surviving witness to the original document.

According to the document, a copy of which is available with Mail Today, Sai Baba declared that he had given up studies to spread Sanatana Dharma. “I am unmarried and left my parents at the age of 12 and have taken up religious order with saffron dress and I have no worldly/or family attachments. I declare that I left parents permanently and adopted holy order with no intention to revert back,” he said.

Sai Baba further said he had relinquished all his right and interest in family property, movable or immovable, whatsoever and wherever they may be, and he did not not own and possess personal property or wealth or estate. “Whatever is given to me is under my management, supervision and control as a trustee to be used for public charitable purposes. This declaration I am making so that nobody can claim, under or through me, in the family properties if any,” he said in the declaration.

Satyajit, who was Sai Baba’s caregiver till the latter’s demise, said he had come to know of the document for the first time in 1998, when Sai Baba had appointed many of his trustees and was directly guiding the procedures and updating the finance and accounts records. 

“When we brought to his notice this document of declaration signed by him and sought his instructions as to what to do with it, he told me not to bring it to the office and keep it safely since it will be useful. And it kept it in safe custody as per his divine instructions,” Satyajit said.

After Sai Baba died and was buried, Satyajit said, he wanted to bring this document to light. As part of that he had to get it attested by Indulal Shah, who was the sole surviving witness.

“On November 21, 2011, we called a notary to Prashanti Nilayam and got the document attested by Indulal Shah in the presence of two witnesses, Dr Naren Ramji, registrar of Sri Satya Sai Institute of Higher Learning and Sanjay Sahani, Director of Brindavan campus of the same institute. The document was tabled at the trust board meeting on July 1, 2012 and brought up for discussion,” Satyajit said.

However, Satyajit did not explain as to why he waited till November 2011 to disclose the document, though Sai Baba died in April 2011 and why he had taken time till July, 2012 to table it in the trust board meeting.

Inquiries revealed that for the last one year, there has been a cold war between Ratnakar and other members of the Satya Sai Central Trust over the management of trust properties and there were allegations that Ratnakar staked claim on lands and other properties owned by the trust and that he had encouraged real estate activity in and around Puttaparthi. And that forced Satyajit to disclose the document now, sources said.

As long as Baba was alive, the organisation’s functioning and composition had always been shrouded in a veil of secrecy. There are no official records on the extent of Sai Baba’s wealth, as the Sri Satya Sai Central Trust, the umbrella organization of Baba’s various charitable trusts, never makes it public about the flow of funds into the trust or its expenditure details. 

The media has no access to the trust affairs and nobody really knows who the members are in the trust and whether any changes are made at any point of time. A local devotee recalled that Baba himself had once revealed the Trust owned immovable property including land in and around Puttaparthi to the tune of Rs.4,000 to Rs.5,000 crore. 

However, it is believed that the Trust’s holdings could be worth more than Rs.1 lakh crore if their assets in various countries are also taken into account. 

While Satya Sai Baba is still being continued as the chairman of the trust even after his death, the other members of the trust include: Justice P N Bhagawati, former Supreme Court chief justice; Indulal Shah, chartered accountant, Mumbai; S V Giri, former Central Vigilance Commissioner; V Srinivasan, industrialist from Chennai and R J Ratnakar, Baba’s nephew. Besides, there is a Council of Management for the Trust, comprising K Chakravarthi, retired IAS officer, S S Naganand, eminent lawyer from Bangalore, J V Shetty, former chairman of Canara Bank and T K Bhagawati, former chairman of Indian Overseas Bank.

While Bhagwati could not be reached for his comment on the latest document as he had gone abroad, Ratnakar said the trust would run as usual and would sincerely follow the rules framed by Sai Baba. “We don’t have any personal interest on the properties owned by the trust,” he said.

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Sathya Sai Baba Scandal: View RJ Ratnakar’s Body Language In NDTV Interview On Sai Trust ‘Transparency’

Posted by Barry Pittard on June 29, 2011

Although Sai Baba once famously wrote a letter in which he renounced his family – as renunciates in time-honored Indian tradition do (except for those such as tantricists) – his nephew R.J. Ratnakar is at centre stage . 

The Sai Trust’s R.J.Ratnakar, Renunciate Sai Baba's Nephew. Effective Sai Trust Supremo

Sathya Sai Central Trust. Here is the earlier type of presentation that Ratnakar would now clearly like the public to forget all about. It is a statement a prominent spokesman for Trustees and the Council of Management,V.Srinivasan, chairman of WS Industries, Chennai, South India, made on the same day as the Central Trust made its tediously waffling major public statement, couched verbatim, in this portion, in both cases:  

“In the light of baseless, irresponsible and false accusations of defalcation of gold, valuable artefacts and even money, it is emphatically stated that the accusations are wholly untrue and it is believed these have been engineered by certain vested interests”. (Economic Times article:  ‘Baba had no successor in mind: Trustees, election for Sai Trust chairman next week’, Apr 28, 2011, 09.53pm IST).

In one moment, we are told that ex Chief Justice of India P.N. Bhagwati is head of the Sai Central Trust. Next thing, we learn that Ratnakar is at the helm. In fact, many Sai devotees see him as having usurped what many viewed as his most trusted aide, Satyajit. Bhagwati himself had affirmed the value of Satyajit. Word has now come through that Bhagwati and K. Chakravarthi (longtime Trust secretary, and the father of one of my students whom I most respected when teaching at the Sathya Sai College, Whitefield via Bangalore, who later went to Oxford University), are resigning. On the other hand, we can produce evidence that K.Chakravarthi was sacked from the Indian Administrative Service for embezzlement.

K. Chakravathi, longtime Sai Trust Secretary. An Expert with a knife

Others, too, have tended resignations, as have the highly reputed Dr A.N. Safaya, along with a number of doctors and nurses. See:  Head of Sai Baba Mega Dollar Hospital At Puttaparthi Resigns. Others Quitting Jobs Too

                                                 Dr A.N. Safaya. Resigns as head of Sathya Sai Hospital Puttaparthi, AP, South India

In viewing the video of the interview just done with NDTV (Indian) with Ratnakar, my reader may be interested to study his body language. He claims that there is no financial irregularity. That the Sai Central Trust is impeccable. That things are fine. In a fashion usual to his master and to certain other officials in the past, such as Indulal Shah and G. Venkataraman, he inveighs – no matter how well-evidenced are reports – against vested interests and malign campaigning against the Trust. First, former devotees were “demons” and “Judases” who would never achieve salvation in this or any other life. For comparison between then and recently, see:

Indulal Shah and Indian Government Cover Up

‘God’s’ Ex-Shah, Indulal Shah

Robert Priddy and Barry Pittard On Dr G. Venkataraman – Sathya Sai Baba Global Propagandist

V.P.B. Nair Told BBC Sai Baba Bedroom Killings Were “Coldblooded Murder”

Readers who are psychologists, police interrogators and so forth, may especially like to study Ratnakar’s body language – and take careful note of eye movements, gestures, facial expressions such as the smiling, etc. Those scientifically conversant with voice prints may also like to study Ratnakar’s form. Or parents who have a good street sense of when their kids are lying might also like to examine this interview.

At the same time, I do not think that all Sai Baba spokespersons will show up as dishonest. There are some relative innocents among them – but they are, often unwittingly, tools of the dark art players.  But kid me not, you Sai Trust members, I have taught many of your or your associates’ children, and I know from the latters’ and my stimulating conversations that some of my students were sharply familiar with the  ‘Arthaśāstra’ of Chanakya, who pre-dated his kindred spirit in renaissance Italy Machiavelli by 1800 years. It is a legacy Indian ruling class practitioners of the darker political and diplomatic arts pass on to their smarter sons (and daughters, sometimes).

Heavens! – I used to think that Sai Baba was drawing certain of his trustees and other key leaders to him so as to purify his Trust members and other core leaders, hand-picked by Sai Baba as they have long been, who have long raised deep, but often whispered concern among rank-and-file Sai devotees. But …..

There are, by the way, VERY few leaders in this heavily authoritarian cult who are permitted to speak publicly. Indeed, the complex presence of elusive and different levels of official operandi within the Sai Baba hierarchy of leadership was long ago detailed by Hari Sampath, a former member of Sai Baba’s Security and Intelligence Wing. I trust that Mr Sampath is well on the way to purification these days.  See:  How It Works (August 2000). It is most instructive to read this article in conjunction with Sampath’s Public Information Litigation suit which he took to the Supreme Court of India. The high-profile advocate Kamini Jaiswal took his case. Even she failed against the sheer weight of judicial corruption, which is common in India. I have written elsewhere:

“I have shown documents in this case to outstanding legal counsel in various democratic jurisdictions, and the repeated reaction was one of abhorrence for the summary manner in which the judges dealt with the case. An expression used was ‘Kangaroo Court’.  Let anyone read, in part, an Indian lawyer’s notes for the case. See the article:  Sai Baba protected by the Supreme Court of India.

They will get their own sense of the corruption of some judges at the epicenter of (so-called) Indian Justice.

Anyone accustomed to democratic court procedures can hardly believe, as one reads the lawyer’s notes in transcript, that judges could be so blatant. See, Record of Proceedings document of Hari Sampath’s 2001 case against Sai Baba in the Supreme Court of India.  See how the case is scuppered by Judges G.B. Patnaik and R.C. Lahoti with the concurrence of then Chief Justice Dr A.S. Anand. Prompted by concern for her client if he were to proceed in and Andhra Pradesh court – the proposed remedy of the judges, Kamini Jaiswal, a senior advocate in the Indian Supreme Court, strongly contested the three judges’ direction to pursue matters in an Andhra Pradesh court”. 

Sathya Sai Baba Disposed Judges

In brief, my current observations are:  Trust players are turning to the best paid lawyers in India, who can be relied upon for use of technicalities and delay and obfuscation tactics. The Andhra Pradesh government, ostensibly chartered to investigate and report properly to parliament and public, is riddled in practically all quarters by longtime Sai Baba devotees, and still others who wheeled and dealed to their own political or pecuniary advantage. 
Central trust personnel first reacted with shock, and confusion. Their communications were sometimes far too little and at other times verbose and careless in that further suspicions among devotees, the Indian media and wider public were aroused. There were panicked attempts to recover lost ground. But now there is the resumption of few but smooth highly tailored statements and carefully measured silences.
See also: 

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

Call for media and government investigation of Sathya Sai Baba

Scan of Hari Sampath PIL to Supreme Court of India. Proof of what the Court denied record of when requested by the British Ambassador to India


Excerpt From Public Petition (and introduction)

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