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Lord Paul Swarj Under British Police Investigation

Posted by Barry Pittard on October 13, 2009

I have written of the Sathya Sathya Sai Baba-implicated and high-profile British Labour Government Minister, Tony McNulty MP, and police investigations earlier this year into allegations of rorting the British taxpayer via parliamentary expenses claims. (See Further Reading, below).

Tony McNulty British MP. Sathya Sai Baba Behind Him

Tony McNulty British MP. Sathya Sai Baba Behind Him

Lord Paul Swarj Under British Police Investigation

 

And now another powerful British Government figure is under British police investigation, Lord Paul Swarj, a close friend of the British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, and major bank-roller of the British Labour Party.

Lord Paul. British Police Investigate Parliamentary Expenses Claims

Lord Paul. British Police Investigate Parliamentary Expenses Claims

The Times of London reports – Deputy Speaker Lord Paul steps down over expenses row -:

“Lord Paul has temporarily stepped down as a Deputy Speaker of the House of Lords while an investigation is carried out into his expense claims.

Over the weekend it emerged that Lord Paul, a Labour peer, claimed that a flat occupied by one of his employees was his main home, allowing him to claim £38,000 in expenses”.

Of course, a wealthy individual does not usually need to rort 38 thousand pounds sterling. They tend to have plenty of liquid wherewithal at hand or else easily be able to borrow it from mates, if momentarily stuck.  Rich pals help rich pals out, just as poor ones do. However, there may be other reasons, and the British investigators clearly think it worthwhile exploring avenues of possibility. Unscrupulous individuals can have many shady cash cow sources, and the overall yield end up a great deal more than 38 thousand quid. In terms of the last five years, the amount he has claimed reaches 110,000 pound. What exeeds this amount by far is the taxation that Lord Paul is widely criticized for avoiding.

The next weeks or months may result in yet another exposure of those who abuse their wealth and power. It is the story of Sathya Sai Baba and many core leaders around him, including those Sathya Sai Organization members around the world who use their wealth and influence – often without revealing the true agendas of the one called by the BBC “The Secret Swami” –  in the corridors of power.  It may be hoped that the British media, while investigating Lord Paul, will also find time to question any firm ties between Paul and the Sathya Sai Organization.

NOTE:

Should the media and other investigators wish to probe any money trails concerning big-league Sathya Sai Organization players in relation to its British Labour figures such as Lord Paul and Tony McNulty, they may like to take up leads such as I have carefully distributed in several articles (my having been careful to observe all the while considerations of source confidentiality and the laws of libel), see:

Ashok Bhagani – Footsying With Top Blair Minister?

Ashok Bhagani and The Secret Swami

By Robert Priddy:

Ashok Bhagani denies fully documented facts

Ashok Bhagani, Sathya Sai Baba cult promoter in UK

The Daily Telegraph (UK) reports:

Lord Paul under scrutiny over his parliamentary expenses

“Lord Oakeshott, the Liberal Democrat Treasury spokesman, said: “What concerns me most is that he is claiming £38,000 from British tax-payers for a home where he doesn’t seem to be living when he doesn’t pay full British taxes himself.

That sum of money for a multi-millionaire like Lord Paul is a drop in the ocean compared to the taxes he is dodging from his worldwide income.

Claiming a property is your main home, when someone else lives there but would move out if you asked them to, is stretching the English language and the Lords expenses rules too far.

Lord Paul should not sit in the Lords unless he gives up his non domicile tax status and pays full British taxes on all his worldwide income and assets.”

Press Trust of India report quotes Lord Paul as saying:

“at Caparo we have been guided by three things — hard work, integrity and luck. But the most important thing, which has no substitute, is integrity.” (PTI).  Source:   NRI Swraj Paul’s Caparo Group to add six new ancillary plants

From Wikipedia entry:

Swraj Paul, Baron Paul, (born 1931) is an Indian-born, British-based business magnate and philanthropist. In 1996, he became a life peer, taking the title Baron Paul, of Marylebone in the City of Westminster, sitting in the House of Lords as a Labour peer. In December 2008, he was appointed deputy speaker of the Lords, the first person of Indian origin to hold the post.

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Further Reading

Tony McNulty Expenses Outcry. Select List of Major UK News Articles

Posted by Barry Pittard on March 28, 2009

Tony McNulty Brit MP. Expenses Scandal Erupts. His Sai Baba Cult Nexus Yet To Be Probed

Posted by Barry Pittard on March 23, 2009

Tony McNulty Sathya Sai Baba Cult Supporter Tipped As UK Home Minister

Posted by Barry Pittard on February 18, 2009

Sathya Sai Baba: ‘Considerable Concern’ In Wider Hindu Community

Sai Baba, Kubla Khan, Citizen Kane, Bill Gates et alia

Posted by Barry Pittard on June 7, 2007

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General

Excerpt From Public Petition

(Note: You may prefer to proceed straight to the Petition):

Public Petition For Official Investigations of Sathya Sai Baba and His Worldwide Organization

There is a Spanish version available:

PETICIÓN PÚBLICA PARA  “>INVESTIGACIONES OFICIALES DE SATHYA SAI BABA Y SU ORGANIZACIÓN A NIVEL MUNDIAL)

 

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Tony McNulty MP Expenses Furore. His Sathya Sai Baba Sect Ties Also Need To Be Probed

Posted by Barry Pittard on March 26, 2009

Those wishing for hotlinks to my blog of yesterday on the Tony McNulty MP expenses furore in the UK, and some questions which it prompts in relation to the Sathya Sai sect can go here as well: 

Tony McNulty Brit MP. Expenses Scandal Erupts. His Sai Baba Cult Nexus Yet To Be Probed

Posted by Barry Pittard on March 23, 2009

God may save the Queen, but will she save her Minister, McNulty? 

 Sai Baba-related Minister Tony McNulty Faces Expenses Enquiry

Sai Baba-related Minister Tony McNulty Faces Expenses Enquiry

Great Britain’s State Minister for Employment and Welfare Reform, Tony McNulty, is yet again under fire. Recently, he was in trouble for falsely talking up the economy. McNulty’s previous portfolios  as Immigration Minister and Minister for Security and Counter-terrorism at the Home Office also gave him some rocky rides.

Britons Angered Over McNulty’s Expenses Claims

 Last weekend, the Daily Mail broke a story about his taking large tax-free expenses for a house in which his parents live.  But McNulty himself lives in Hammersmith, a few miles from his Harrow constituency.

With hundreds of thousands of Britons unemployed, such revelations have angered many.

At first, but subsequently doing a volte face, McNulty was adamant that he was not going to hand back the at least 60.000 pounds sterling that he had claimed for a home where his parents live. This tax-free claim the Daily Mail and other newspapers (which quickly took up the story) have suggested cannot be justified by his parliamentary duties.  See:

McNulty faces probe over parents home claim

ITNMonday, March 23 01:36 pm

Probe Needed Into McNulty-Sathya Sai Baba Sect Nexus

A probe into irregularities should enquire about any payments that Sathya Sai sect officials or other members may have paid to Tony McNulty.

The powerful and extraordinarily wealthy worldwide Sathya Sai Organization broadcasts in the name of  Sai Global Harmony, transmitted internationally by satellite 24/7 via WorldSpace Radio Corporation. The head of this, Dr Michael Nobel, has shown high partiality to Sathya Sai Baba but has been exposed by the Royal Swedish Nobel Foundation and in the New York Times. See my article of yesterday.

The Sai Baba sect leaders would include the UK head of the sect, Ashok Bhagani, with whom McNultyis said to be good friends.  Bhagani’ s daughter has a lengthy employment history with McNulty, who has made many visits to Sathya Sai Baba gatherings.  See:

Tony McNulty Sathya Sai Baba Cult Supporter Tipped As UK Home Minister.

 Ashok Bhagani – Footsying With Top Blair Minister?

 

British PM Brown Says: Investigate paid job’ Outside Parliamentary Duties 

Although Gordon Brown’s response seems made to get the spotlight off McNulty, it contains a solid suggestion:  investigate paid jobsthat MP’s might be taking beyond their parliamentary remit. 

An enquiry needs to ask McNulty to disclose his entire dealings with this cult which has been strongly exposed by the BBC in 2004 and other major investigative media in the UK and and other countries. 

Further Reading 

The Daily Mail, which  initiated the story, now reports – last updated at 8:53 PM on 25th March 2009:

Tony McNulty’s political career in doubt as he faces inquiry in    ‘second home’ expenses row
Tony McNulty’s political career was in peril last night after Westminster’s sleaze watchdog launched an investigation over claims that he abused his expenses … 
The probe will look at his decision to designate the house in his Harrow East constituency as a ‘second home’ even although he rarely stays there.
The investigation, which could drag on for months, is deeply damaging for Mr McNulty.
Until the scandal broke, he was being tipped for a future Cabinet position.
MP perks targeted by standards committee
The Guardian Wednesday 25 March
Payments for second London homes, jobs for family members and interest-free mortgages in the firing line
The Guardian Tuesday 24 March 2009

             PM steps into expenses row with inquiry call

The prime minister also tried to wrongfoot the Tories by saying that Sir Christopher Kelly, the standards committee chairman, should at the same time examine the issue of MPs’ outside interests, including paid jobs outside parliament.

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View Video  Clips that reveal the risk to the British Labour Government for tolerating Tony McNulty’s long flirtation with a cult leader so resoundingly exposed in the British media, and far beyond

NOTE: Dr G. Venkataraman, Sai Baba’s radio chief and world deputy chairman, has said on Sai Global Harmony’s official website that the aim is to transmit Sai Baba’s message into every home. What he conceals is that the agenda of the sect is to see Sathya Sai Baba ruling the world.

Has, then, Tony McNulty been taking consultancy fees or any other kind of payment in regard to the Sathya Sai Baba cult’s plans? These are to ensure that Sai Baba’s message is heard via powerful satellite transmission of Sai Global Harmony through WorldSpace Corporation across the UK, just as it broadcasts to other countries.

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Tony McNulty Brit MP. Expenses Scandal Erupts. His Sai Baba Cult Nexus Yet To Be Probed

Posted by Barry Pittard on March 23, 2009

A big scandal has erupted in the UK surrounding  British Labour Member of Parliament, Tony McNulty.

Will Sai Baba Take Heat off Brit Minister Tony McNulty MP

Will Sai Baba Take Heat off Brit Minister Tony McNulty MP

Some of my readers will recall that McNulty is connected with the head of the Sathya Sai Organization in the UK, Ashok Bhagani. Evidence suggests the two men are friends.

It is also known that Bhagani’s daughter has long been working, with varying hours of service, for Bhagani in his Westminster office.

Tony McNulty has represented the Harrow Constituency since 1997, and been a government Minister since 2002. He is currently Minister of State for Employment and Welfare Reform, although widely tipped to become Home Minister. His wife is Christine Gilbert, the chief inspector of schools, with whose Ministry questions about Sai Baba’s secular fronts in Education in Human Values have been raised. The Times of London writer Dominic Kennedy raised on page 3. this issue of unacknowledged sect influence in UK, referring to June Auton, a familiar figure in Sai Baba’s UK organization. See:

‘Suicide, sex and the guru. The reputation of Sai Baba, a holy man to the rich and famous, has been tarnished by mysterious deaths and allegations of sexual abuse’The Times – August 27, 2001

The international Sathya Sai Organization has been going all out to penetrate the world’s satellite radio waves.  It is known that McNulty has been involved in efforts to bring these plans to fruition.

As declared by the director of Radio Sai Global Harmony, Dr G. Venkataraman, the aim is to get Sathya Sai Baba and his message into every corner of the globe. See:

Sathya Sai Baba’s ‘Minister of Propaganda’ – Dr G. Venkataraman

Note: Launched in November 23, 2001, Radio Sai Global Harmony in conjunction with Sri Satya Sai Books and Publications Trust, all part of the International Sathya Organization, delivers 24/7 satellite broadcasts via WorldSpace Corporation in many regions of the world. The latter’s supremo, Dr Michael Nobel, has extensively sung Sai Baba’s praises. See comments about Nobel in Robert Priddy’s articles:

Sathya Sai Baba’s hunger for international recognition

Dr Michael Nobel, Sai Baba man. Warned by Nobel Foundation, Sweden

Dr Michael Nobel, Sai Baba man. Warned by Nobel Foundation, Sweden

Nobel has been effectively disposed of in reports by e.g., The New York Times and by the Royal Swedish Nobel Foundation itself (see links in the Robert Priddy article). Sai Baba’s statement in a discourse (November 18, 2001), very far from omniscient, is also exposed for all eyes except those of his smitten followers:

“They are giving the Nobel Prize to many people. The man who gives the Nobel Prize (Chairman of the Nobel Prize Committee) is coming here on the 22nd November. The ones who will show this to the whole world, TV people, are all coming here on the 22nd.

Major British Newspaper Called Investigative Journalist off McNulty-Bhagani story

In 2008, a leading journalist from one of Britain’s top newspapers, The Guardian, attempted to investigate this McNulty-Bhagani nexus.  As soon as he made headway, he got called off the story.  However, on Saturday November 4, 2007, The Guardian had run Paul Lewis’s story The Indian living god, The paedophilia claims and the Duke of Edinburgh awards.  See my article:

UK Guardian On Sathya Sai Baba and Duke’s Awards

There have been instances where sudden spikings of Sai Baba related stories, much to the upset of journalists who have put in a lot of investigative slog – such as senior journalists on CanWest (where wealthy Canadian Sai Baba cult members threatened the withdrawal of considerable business advertisements). At the 11th hour, the editor of The West Australian pulled a story by award-winning journalist Torrance Mendez that was to be front paged. However, it is known that The Times, BBC, CBC (Canada), SBS (Australia) and India Today have all withstood considerable pressures by Sai Baba’s extremely wealthy and well-connected emissaries.

The Sathya Sai Organization is noted, whenever it gets wind of an upcoming media story, for attempting to keep critical stories OUT of the news. As perfectly fits its authoritarian, cultic status, it does not stand for openness, transparency and accountability. See the BBC film footage from its 2004 documentary:

Sathya Sai Baba Chief, Dr Goldstein, Explodes. “I am the consummate professional” (See Film Clips)

BBC Cameras Catch Sai Baba Cheating With Gold Sivalingam. (Film Clip)

The BBC’s ‘The Secret Swami’ (Sai Baba). Revealing Footage

See footage from India’s equivalent of the BBC, Doordashan:

Censored Indian National Television Film of Sai Baba Cheating

The McNulty-Bhagani Nexus

There are questions to be asked about what kind of contributions may have been made by Bhagani to McNulty. Also, whether McNulty’s links with the Sathya Sai Baba sect are more than would be required of an MP on behalf of constituents.

Why has McNulty had such close association with the Sathya Sai Baba cult? This – when the Times of London, the BBC, CBC, SBS, ABC, The Telegraph, The Guardian, and serious media in other parts of the world, including India Today, all stood by the integrity of their investigations. Why, in short, Tony McNulty’s persistent linkage with the Sai sect?

Tony McNulty British MP. Sathya Sai Baba Behind Him

In background: Sathya Sai Baba’s photo. Is Sai Baba behind Tony McNulty MP in more ways than have been made known? Will McNulty declare moneys that he has received from any strongly Sathya Sai Baba-connected source? Will he disclose why he has made many visits to Sathya Sai Baba venues? Will he say what his interests are in Sai Global Harmony and in the setting up of a powerful transmitter in Great Britain?

The Daily Mail Story: Tony McNulty Expenses Disclosures

Yesterday, Sunday, Mar 22 2009, The Daily Mail ran a lengthy story that suggests McNulty has been, if not outrightly corrupt, then taking expenses of a kind bound to anger millions of Britons who are facing dangerously rising unemployment rates. See:

Minister’s £60,000 expenses for parents’ home: ‘Rumbled’ Tony McNulty drops claim… then calls for it to be curtailed

Among other newspapers reacting to the Daily Mail reports, the BBC has responded:

McNulty defends expenses claims

It will be interesting to watch the development of this story. In the meantime, my articles on Tony McNulty are:

Tony McNulty Sathya Sai Baba Cult Supporter Tipped As UK Home Minister

Posted on February 18, 2009

Ashok Bhagani – Footsying With Top Blair Minister?

Posted on February 22, 2007

Articles on Ashok Bhagani

By Robert Priddy

(Former longtime head of the Sathya Sai Organization, Norway. Retired academic, University of Oslo).

(The latter article is valuable because of references and links concerning Ashok Bhagani’s ties with The Eastern Eye).

BBC Acted “Totally Irresponsibly” Says Ashok Bhagani

Ashok Bhagani, Sathya Sai Baba cult promoter in UK

By  Barry Pittard

Ashok Bhagani – Blotting Out Conscience and Memory?

Ashok Bhagani and The Secret Swami

Ashok Bhagani Uses Race Card

UK Sai Baba Head, Ashok Bhagani Exposes Himself

For Media and Other Investigators

Exposure of Sathya Sai Baba. Media Source List

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Tony McNulty Sathya Sai Baba Cult Supporter Tipped As UK Home Minister

Posted by Barry Pittard on February 18, 2009

Rosemary Bennett’s article in The London Times (Public Sector) last Friday may indicate that things are stirring for Tony McNulty MP for Harrow East, and David Leppard’s piece of last Sunday 15th in The Sunday Times, suggests that the British Home Secretary Jacqui Smith may be replaced at the Home Office by Tony McNulty.

Tony McNulty British MP. Sathya Sai Baba Behind Him

British Labour MP Tony McNulty, well known for his many appearances at Sai Baba functions, with Sathya Sai Baba right behind him (in photo and perhaps literally. Consituency duties? Or something more)

Sai Global Harmony (affiliated with WorldSpace International Satellite Radio Service) Aiming To Penetrate British Airwaves

The Home Office job for McNulty may strengthen his advocacy, already known to have occurred, of a major satellite radio transmitter in the UK which already broadcasts the Sathya Sai Baba cult’s propaganda to many countries.  Operated by Sathya Sai Central trust , the attempt is to spread Sai Baba’s evangel to every corner of the earth. The director is Dr G. Venkataraman, formerly a core member of India’s nuclear science community, who was Vice-Chancellor of Sai Baba’s university in Puttaparthi, South India. Venkataraman is now deputy chairman of the International Sathya Sai Organization. The broadcasting wing, Sai Global Harmony, is affiliated with WorldSpace International Satellite Radio Service, and broadcasts 24/7 to many countries. See:

Sathya Sai Baba’s ‘Minister of Propaganda’ – Dr G. Venkataraman

Followers Forbidden To Tell Public That Sai Baba is God Fully Incarnate, and About To Save Whole World

What the Sai Global Harmony broadcasts and other organs of the organization deliberately leave out of public account is that Sai Baba’s civicly and politically well-connected devotees in many countries around the world are committed to infiltrating mainstream civic, political and religious establishments in preparation for his ‘miraculous’ leadership of the world.  See:

Secret Swami’ Cult Recruits At Prime Public Venues

Sathya Sai Oganization Lavish Spending On Superdome Venue Meeting

The Sathya Sai Organization’s Damage-Limitation By Internal Report

Dominic Kennedy and his London Times team did some good work back in 2001 (see Urls below). The wealthy Sathya Sai Baba sect promotes itself aggressively worldwide and frequently in a clandestine way. Hence, the BBC’s title “The Secret Swami” (in its 2004 television documentary).

The full hidden agenda and misuse of notions of ‘religious freedom’ would amaze the wider public. And would amaze many rank-and-file members, whom the core leaders keep well insulated.

I shall shortly recontextualize and post questions I sketched in February 2007 in case at any time the British media would start asking them. Or you can go straight to the article itself:  Ashok Bhagani – Footsying With Top Blair Minister?

The Ashok Bhagani referred to is the head of the Sathya Sai Baba cult in the UK, and his daughter is a Tony McNulty staffer – more recently, one hears, working reduced hours.

Bhagani’s blustering performance, which outrightly defames many former Sathya Sai Baba devotees esteemed for decades throughout the Sathya Sai Organization, is to be read HERE:   BBC Radio 4 – Sunday 19, November 2000 – 7.30 am.  Interview with Stephen Perry – with:  David Bailey (UK), former closest Western devotee; Mick Brown, Daily Telegraph journalist (UK); Jed Geyerhahn (USA), Steen Piculell, Ashok Bhagani, Trustee, UK Sathya Sai Organisation.

Is Sathya Sai Baba Backing Tony McNulty MP In More Ways Than In The Photo (see picture above)

It is to be hoped that the British media probes to see whether McNulty’s office receives funds from the Sathya Sai Organization or its representatives, such as Bhagani.  Public information about MPs’ financial support and donations should be properly declared.

I wonder whether the Rosemary Bennett and David Leppard articles will set alarm bells ringing for more than a few Conservative Party activists still not sure whether the election of a Tory government is certain. A view shared by many in the UK is that the Tory leadership is, since it senses victory in the upcoming general election, being in some sensitive respects very muted at the moment.

But for those attempting to draw public attention to the wealthy and powerful Sathya Sai Baba cult, the prospect of more power for Tony McNulty causes concern. If he gets the plumb post in the Home Ministry, it is yet another blow for those who wish to see British parliamentarians more questioning of the cults in their midst.

Cult’s Cry Freedom But Breech It Repeatedly

This questioning must not, of course, sacrifice crucial safeguards to religious freedom.

However, it needs to be realised that cults who cry out about religious freedom profoundly abuse it in actual practice. They are secretive, authoritarian and unaccountable – whatever may be their outer manifestation as solely, and almost saintly, the agents of worthwhile social uplift work.

For a recent example of this sort of duplicity, see major Australian television broadcaster NineMSN exposure of the Sathya Sai cult leader Moyia O’Brien and the cult’s grip over the social service organization SWARA, in Brisbane:

Australian Current Affair: ‘Infiltrating A Cult’ (Sathya Sai Baba)

Sathya Sai Cult Under Media Scutiny In Australia

Sathya Sai Baba Cult Exposure By Major TV Channel In Australia

Other Important Links

Exposure of Sathya Sai Baba. Media Source List

BBC’s ‘The Secret Swami’ and British Press Praise

The BBC’s ‘The Secret Swami’ – A Revision

The Indian living god, the paedophilia claims and the Duke of Edinburgh

On Sathya Sai Baba and Duke’s Awards

A Duke Stops An Emperor. Edinburgh Routs Sai Baba

Mick Brown in The Telegraph: Divine Downfall

Dominic Kennedy in The Times:

Suicide, sex and the guru
I sought peace but couldn’t find it
Three die after putting faith in guru (Michael Dynes and Dominic Kennedy)

See also:

Tony Blair Was to Visit Sai Baba. Plan Thwarted

British Labour and Tory Whips Suppressed Motion On Sai Baba

Ashok Bhagani – Footsying With Top Blair Minister?

(British government papers, not surfaced at the time of this article, obtained under FOI, are now available – e.g., Tony Colman MP’s and Tony Blair’s correspondence)

Ashok Bhagani and The Secret Swami

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