Sathya Sai Baba Deceptions Exposed

Exposing major deceits by guru Sathya Sai Baba in India, incl. murders cover-up & widely alleged sexual abuse

Sai Central Trust money grabbing – Tehelka report

Posted by robertpriddy on March 1, 2013

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A lookback at Tehelka’s report on the Sathya Sai Baba and his Central Trust published by them in November, 2000 when the sex abuse testimonies were flooding in from around the world, can almost be read a a prophetic description of the Trust’s problems nowadays, which shows how far-seeing the author M. Seetha Shailaja was!” She wrote:-


“According to an (unofficial) estimate of a senior the Income Tax (I-T) officer, all donations to the Sathya Sai Central Trust have been given tax exemptions. The total value of the Sai Baba’s assets, movable and immovable, both within the country and abroad, is Rs 5,000 crore, give or take a bit.

Every year, the Sathya Sai Central Trust is bloated with donations worth approximately Rs 65 crore. It also has about Rs 130 crore in fixed deposits (FD) and other term deposits all over the world. The trust has so far raised about Rs 385 crore in the form of loans for some of the Sai Baba’s projects.

The principal architects of the trust are now reportedly worried about the plummeting devotee numbers and even more desultory recruitment rate (see Is the Sai Baba’s empire beginning to disintegrate? www.saiguru.net/english/media/Tehelka-SBdisintegration.htm). They have suggested to the Sai Baba that he should travel abroad and hold sessions with devotees to kill rumours and counter increasingly murky publicity. (The Sai Baba has been abroad only once, to Uganda). What concerns them most are the raging and escalating charges of child sex abuse against the Sai Baba (particularly in scores of Websites on the Internet) and the impact such an issue will undoubtedly have on the inflow of foreign devotees in the years ahead.

Most trust members, said one of them, are of the view that drastic repairs need to be taken. “If this goes on, many charity programmes might come to a halt within a few years,” he said. “It is better to have a direct access with devotees, either through a Website or weekly video conferencing.”

According to another ashramite, the educational institutions, hospitals and the Vedanta meditation centres are in the process of being carved into three nominally autonomous entities to prevent them from being controlled by any single trust member (see Ashram Mandiram: fortress of solitude www.saiguru.net/english/media/Sai-tehelka-2000.htm). So far, the machinations have been nipped in the bud: the Sai Baba’s brother Janakiramayya’s efforts to claim a stake in the affairs of the ashram, for instance, have been rebuffed by bureaucrats, but not very categorically.

An interesting case was that of a former devotee from Vijayawada, who donated a building to the trust. She had written in her will that the building was to go to the Sai Baba after her death. She was 55 years when she wrote the will. The trust authorities waited for five years, and then wrote to her family asking it to hand over either the building or its revenue.

The problem was that the devotee was still alive. “When I tried to take the donation back from the trust, no court or magistrate was ready to hear the case or give me justice,” said the donor. She is on her deathbed and she despises the Sai Baba and all he stands for.”

Events up until and after Sathya Sai Baba’s death show how earlier reports on the mercenary and corrupt Central Trust have been borne out to a high degree:-

 Sai Trust members accused of murder threat by Sai Baba relative
Sathya Sai Central Trust gets away with it again
Sai Trust: irregularities & secrecy on Sai Baba’s death
Sathya Sai Central Trust still shrouds all in secrecy
Former Minister accuses Sai Trust members of the death of Sai Baba
Protests in Puttaparthi against Sai Central Trust
The obvious illegality of the Sai Central Trust’s appropriation
Sathya Sai Trust decoyed police and media on tax issues
Sai Central Trust credibility totally destroyed
Sai Trust plea dismissed by Court
Sai Trust not yet transparent, despite Ratnakar’s bluster
Sai Baba Trustee statements so false as to confirm greater suspicion
Sathya Sai Trust accounting ‘leela’?
Sathya Sai Trust lost 16 key government exemptions
Sai Trust gets bill for removed government subsidy
Sai Trust member K.R. Prasad spread untruth by Sai Baba
Sathya Sai Trust steps up damage limitation ploys and the aggro
Sathya Sai Trust carve-up Baba’s secret treasure house continues
Corruption India: Sai Baba cult hoard plunder by Trustees?
Sathya Sai Trust enmity in public, while their cover-ups reigns
Sai Trust van impounded by Andhra police with treasure trove
The Sathya Sai Trust propagandist, G. Venkataraman
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