Sathya Sai family bitter feud over Central Trust funds
Posted by robertpriddy on July 25, 2013
The violent nature of the Ratnakar faction that succeeded Sathya Sai Baba comes right to the surface:-
Warring Satya Sai Baba kin bicker in public – News9 – http://www.snehatv.com July 15 2013
“The bitter turf war within the family of the late godman Satya Sai Baba turned nasty and spilled onto the streets. In an ugly show of strength, supporters of Baba’s brother’s son and Sathya Sai Central Trust member Ratnakar took out a rally in Puttaparthi today. They burned the effigy of Ganapati Raju – the nephew of Baba – to protest against the latter’s recent allegations against Ratnakar. However, the protest soon turned nasty with Ratnakar’s followers making a vain attempt to storm the house of Ganapati Raju. Timely intervention… and the police avoided what could have been a full blown faction fight in the name of spirituality. The trouble broke out after Ganapati Raju made a scathing attack recently on Ratnakar. He alleged then that Ratnakar siphoned off money and plundered diamond and gold jewelry worth thousands of crores of rupees from the Trust. He’s dashed off a letter to this effect to the Chief Minister, Governor, DGP, and CID officials.
When the swift response that Ratnakar rubbished the allegations with a rebuttal, his followers (……) tried to ransack Ganapati Raju’s house. Interestingly, even before Ganapati Raju could voice his grievance to the police, Ratnakar’s group lodged a complaint against him. He was accused of orchestrating an attack on Ratnakar’s men.”
Those who know how things have developed at Prashanthi Nilayam since Sai Baba’s ignominious decease and discoveries of his miserly hoarding of massive wealth are in no doubt whatever of the corrupt nature of the Sai Central Trust, which has always been totally unaccountable to the public, even despite widespread press revelations of embezzlement there during their investigations after the in famous murders were committed in Sai Baba’s rooms in June 1993. This latest outbreak of violence is just another example of the real underlying nature of those involved in this cult, whose leader Sai Baba approved the killing of four devotees by the police.
His nephew, R.J. Ratnakar – son of Janaki Ramiah who was the main organiser of the police murders of devotees in 1993 – has long been known to be corrupt, especially by those family members he has reportedly threatened to murder. One now sees how he uses his money power and consequent control of all those at Sai institutions and all who are dependent on the Trust for their livelihood – to enforce them to take part in a totally unspiritual uproars, thereby also approving violent behaviour to gain his ends.
Click on the thumbnail (left) to see a further report on this ongoing scandal from The Hindu
Sai Trust: Ratnakar alleged violence and embezzlement
Sathya Sai Baba Anniversary News: R.J. Ratnakar accused of serious financial crime by a relative
Corruption India: Sai Baba cult hoard plunder by Trustees? 19 June 2011
Sai Trust not yet transparent, despite Ratnakar’s bluster 30 June 2011
Sai Baba Trustee statements so false as to confirm greater suspicion 29 June 2011