SATHYA SAI BEDROOM MURDERS – THIRD PART
Posted by robertpriddy on May 24, 2007
How did Sathya Sai deceive his followers about the 1993 murders? Any independent (i.e. non-devoted) reader of Sathya Sai’s Guru Poornima discourse (July 3 1993 see on p.6) in which he tried to calm devotees will see the transparency of the cover-up. The horrendous affair with armed police executing intruders took place right under his nose and within his legal jurisdiction as the all-powerful leader of Prashanthi Nilayam independent township (self-proclaimed Almighty God, guru avatar, Creator etc.). Yet his account of events – the only one he has given – was as vague as can be and most fishy in that he tried to clothe events in a mystique, strongly insinuating that it was preordained and making clear that what happened was known to him in advance!
One interesting point concerns what Sai Baba said about his valet, Radhakrishna Menon. In reaction to Sai Baba’s rebuke for wanting to remain downstairs when it was only 7 p.m., Radhakrishna said (Sathya Sai’s own words: see here – screenshot from http://www.sathyasai.org/search/volume26/sss26-25.pdf – p.6) “Swami has perhaps some doubts that I may go out somewhere and talk to others”. Sai Baba said that he replied, “If I have such doubts, will I keep you with me? Not at all. There are no doubts. I am saying this for your good”.
The question arises as to what exactly it might have been that Radhakrishna Menon could have talked about that could cause Sai Baba not to keep him. It must have been something serious that others should not know. What had they to hide? That there was something is obvious, and all the more so in the light of what actually occurred as a result of Radhakrishna going out (which he did, according to Sai Baba’s own account). Radhakrishna’s remark could well have had to do with money, with clandestine Sathya Sai Central Trust operations and kickbacks from construction companies vying for contracts.
Who was the intruders target? A report in the Deccan Chronicle, Hyderabad . 26-6-1993, stated:-
“Further investigations by Chronicle revealed that it was not Satya Sai Baba who was the target for the attack. In fact, it was Radhakrishna Menon, the Godman’s personal assistant… Though Radhakrishna succeeded E.K. Suresh a year back, he was a close confidant of the Baba for 15 years. He had his finger in every pie of whatever Baba did. He soon became so powerful that he once reportedly threatened one of the trust members ‘to expose the misdeeds of the trust’. This, it is understood, had antagonised many important trustees.” These trustees included Head of the Ashram, Mr. Narayanan, who was removed from the Sathya Sai Central Trust for embezzlement [having built himself a luxury villa with unaccounted funds] and the former very closest servitor through decades, engineer Colonel Joga Rao, who was finally also kicked off the Central Trust by Sai Baba himself for his repeated involvement in taking kickbacks for construction deals from Larsson and Tubro.
Within the year, Sai Baba removed other high officials financial irregularities, and all this despite his having angrily denounced in the Guru Poornima discourse all suggestions that misuse of funds or any fractions ever arose in the Trust.
However his own younger brother, Janakiramaiah (also sometimes referred to as Janakiramiah, Janaki Ram, Janakiram and Janaki), repeatedly claimed that misuse of funds was occurring! This information came to me personally from friends who are VIPs in the Organization and all was confirmed independently and explained in detail to me on several occasions during conversations with the prominent former journalist and very close servitor of Sai Baba for two decades, V.K.Narasimhan.
After the murders and cold-blooded executions which Janakiramaiah was involved in forcing the police to carry out, he is on record for having constantly insisted was genuinely an assassination attempt against Sai Baba, he was at last made a trustee by his elder brother, which post he held until he died in about 2004. As is known to many ashramites and most Puttaparthi residents, Janakiramiah had become a multi-millionaire in dollars from property speculation and owning corrupt businesses in Puttaparthi. V.K. Narasimhan, who knew him very well, told me in 1996 that Janaki Ram had become rich “beyond his wife’s wildest dreams”.
To be continued…