Close servitor, V.K. Narasimhan and his many doubts
Referring to the unsolved 1993 murders and executions in Sai Baba’s bedroom, the famous newspaper journalist, writer and editor, V.K. Narasimhan – even though under powerful pressures to conform while dependent on the ashram and Sai Baba personally – said openly on two occasions where the writer was present, and even before a small number of people, “What is the meaning now of the words ‘Why fear when I am here’? They are a travesty.”
The meaning can only be discovered an investigative spirit with honesty, conscience and – above all – sound independence of mind. In the presence of several persons at Sai Towers café (including myself, then the owner Mr. Padmanabhan, his business manager and the Australian Sai official Chris Parnell who was working for him on the magazine ‘Spiritual Impressions’) V.K. Narasimhan said that he has questioned swami about the murder several times whose answers, he said three times loud and with emphasis, were “ not convincing!” (Click to see fuller account of V.K. Narasimhan’s views on the murders and yet more etc.)
V.K. Narasimhan (above left with R. Priddy right in 1998), who was present at the ashram and was himself in daily contact with Sai Baba from 1980 until shortly before his death in 2000, unburdened himself of shocking information in a lowered voice and in strict confidence to the present writer. Only after his death could I relate what I had learned (for the sake of protecting him in his very delicate and insecure position living in the ashram under Sai Baba’s control).
Government connivance in the cover-up and quashing of the CBI investigation During the aftermath, when Indian Government authorities were trying to defuse the issue and cover it all up, V.K. Narasimhan told me how he was present to a conversation between the brother Mr. Janaki Ramiah and the Home Minister S.B. Chavan where they congratulated one another on having got the four alleged assailants murdered by the police and laughed saying ‘Dead men tell no tales’. This shocked Narasimhan deeply, who apparently never recovered his previous somewhat troubled faith fully after that. He told me, referring to those who negotiated with the police on behalf of Sai Baba (including his brother Janakiramiah and Colonel Joga Rao) that “they did a terrible thing”. By using a hold that ashram authorities had gained over them when they allowed two murderers of a German lady to ‘escape’ in return for the money she was killed for in her new room in Prashanthi (about Rs. 80,000.-), the convinced the police to shoot down the four intruders, who were barricaded inside Sai Baba’s bedroom apartment! That it was a cold-blooded execution is confirmed by the then Home Minister of Andhra Pradesh State, V.P. Nair, in an interview with the BBC (see here)
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