The battle over Sathya Sai Baba (and his wealth) has broken out in full and the Indian press are reporting it. At long last, after numerous pointed warning by dissidents, the total unaccountability of the Sathya Sai Central Trust is being broached by the media and challenged by interested parties up to ministerial level, and even in court! Information about the resources of the trust and all of its various activities is sparse in the extreme, it is uncertain who holds the reins of power within it, and even who are members and who are not! (One news outlet confidently reports that John Hislop – former head of the US Sathya Sai Organization – is a member, but he died over a decade ago!)
Sathya Sai Baba has always been at the core of cover-up activities, both as regards the murders under his own nose and the four executions of former students by the Puttaparthi police on his younger brother’s orders which he condoned (being the supreme ruler of Prashanthi Nilayam township) and as regards the years of sex abuses against young men and boys, which came out in force only after 1999 when the Internet made this possible. Now, however, he is himself the victim of a cover-up, if the many accusations that are now flying in all directions are to be given any credence.
One well-informed critical source in India has informed me that “Former trust members and ex-MPs are openly threatening to expose the entire sb charade if they are not adequately “paid off”…politicians are descending to grab whatever their grubby hands can….while sb aides are hoping to make a fast buck and make a run for it…and sb trust members and close family are involved in a bitter fight….all this is out in the open…and a public interest legal petition has been filed in an Andhra court to ascertain the facts of the whole dirty affair…”
That it is a “dirty affair” and that grubby hands are out to grab what they can is no surprise to those who have had the opportunity of observing closely what goes on around Sathya Sai Baba (such as myself) and many ex-devotees who have – like myself – been swindled by Sai Baba’s various trusts (see Sai Finance and Deceits and further deceit documentation here).
The secrecy and unreliability of the entire Central Trust operation is illustrated somewhat by the following outlookindia news report:-