Sathya Sai Baba Deceptions Exposed

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

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Sathya Sai Central Trust self-revealing propaganda

Posted by robertpriddy on July 26, 2014

Here is some Sathya Sai Central Trust Propaganda again. Considering that the entire basis of Sathya Sai Baba and his operations always was the devotees and followers who gave everything he got – and that he ill-treated so many of them through constant breaks of trust, even called many demons, and abused many of their sons sexually, one should take this Sai Trust report with a handful of salt!



On the left is the text of an article – presumably based on a press release by the Sathya Sai Central Trust. The remarkable thing about it is that it amounts to a public admission of the truth of what dissidents have claimed since around 2000, that the Trust had lost credibility and was under a crisis. It is an attempt to reinstate the trust that donors so unfortunately misplaced it the Central Trust, but which was very largely destroyed after the death of Sathya Sai Baba.

Indeed, the very figure whose name it bears lost trust on a massive scale in recent years, and not least also his corrupt cronies like the nationally discredited former Board member, P.N. Bhagwati and the embezzling Colonel Joga Rao among several other board members. The flow of donations from devotees deteriorated gradually and greatly and the Trust is now desperately trying to recreate a positive facade so as to get back into the free money.

Through the vicious battle for supremacy of the billions, not least between the subsequent winner of that dirty war, the nephew R.J. Ratnakar, and the other relatives of Sai Baba who were then dispossessed entirely, having also been threatened with murder! So how should one suddenly trust people who did such things? It would be a huge mistake to believe their propaganda knowing of many illegal money transfers and secret transactions underhandedly made (court cases against the he current institution just disappeared and bribery is known to have been an instrument Sai Baba and co. widely employed).

The article mentions that the trust is now “embracing transparency”, admitting unwittingly that it never did before, as we have always emphasised as a known and despicable fact in any alleged charity. Despite now publishing general figures annually – the Trust is still largely non-transparent – for example, no donor can access the accounts and no minutes of board meetings are at all accessible.

Marketing the profiles of the Trust members as people holding prestigious positions earlier will hardly change the situation, such a large honey pot attracts wasps of all kinds. The trust is appointing professionals now, meaning it never had them earlier? Though cash donations are refused now – it affirms that they operated in cash earlier. Considering the Trust’s known methods, it is likely that they paid dailybhaskar for this article.
Sai Trust: Ratnakar alleged violence and embezzlement

Prashanthi Nilayamnow super repressive & mercenary – 2014
Prashanthi further corrupted – full visitor report
Prashanthi Nilayam owners of ashram apartments beware!
Sai Central Trust bizarre press release
Sai Central Trust money grabbing – Tehelka report
Prashanthi Nilayam apartments near deserted
Sai Trust in the footsteps of Sathya Sai Baba
The truth about Sai Baba´s hoarding of goods
Sai Trust: Ratnakar alleged violence and embezzlement
Sai Baba treasure trove contents + the Trust’s shenanigans
Yet more Sai Baba illicit valuables found
The obvious illegality of the Sai Central Trust’s appropriation
Sathya Sai family bitter feud over Central Trust funds
Sai Baba’s Bhagwati shows total disrespect for justice
Sai officials’ secret collusion over death of Sai Baba

Sai Trust members accused of murder threat by Sai Baba 
Sathya Sai Central Trust gets away with it again 
Sathya Sai Colleges and Trust troubles not over 14 July 2011
Sai Trust lost 16 key government exemptions 12 July 2011
Trust gets bill for removed government subsidy 11 July 2011
Sai Central Trust credibility totally destroyed 4 July 2011
V. Srinivasan remains on Sai Trust 1 July 2011
Trust not yet transparent, despite Ratnakar’s bluster

Sai Trust plea dismissed by Court
Sathya Sai Trust accounting ‘leela’?
V. Srinivasan remains on Sai Trust 1 July 2011
Sai Trust not yet transparent, despite Ratnakar’s bluster 30 June 2011
Sai Trust plea dismissed by Court
Sathya Sai Trust accounting ‘leela’?
Sai Trust member K.R. Prasad spread untruth by Sai Baba
Sai Baba Trustee statements so false as to confirm greater suspicion 29 June 2011
Sai Trust: irregularities & secrecy on Sai Baba’s death 27 June 2011
Protests in Puttaparthi against Sai Central Trust 26 June 2011
The Sathya Sai Trust mini-empire is crumbling 26 June 2011
Sathya Sai Central Trust era of unaccountability drawing to a close? 24 June 2011
Sai Baba cult under pressure of events and doubts 24 June 2011
Police summons for two Sathya Sai Central Trust board members 22 June 2011
Sai Baba ashram’s Chief Security Officer arrested 21 June 2011
Sathya Sai Trust steps up damage limitation ploys and the aggro 21 June 2011
Sathya Sai Trust carve-up Baba’s secret treasure house continues 20 June 2011
Corruption India: Sai Baba cult hoard plunder by Trustees? 19 June 2011
Sathya Sai Central Trust enmity in public, while their cover-ups reign 19 June 2011
Sai Trust van impounded by Andhra police with treasure trove? 18 June 2011
Midas hoard revealed was in Sathya Sai Baba’s private possession 17 June 2011
Sathya Sai Central Trust still shrouds all in secrecy 8 June 2011
Dharna and writ threat against Satha Sai Central Trust 31 May 2011
Sathya Sai Baba did have properties, but not ‘proper ties’ 22 May 2011
Former Minister accuses Sai trust members of the death of Sai Baba 26 May 2011
Sathya Sai Central Trust untrustworthy! 22 April 2011
Sathya Sai Trust decoyed police and media on tax issues 6 July 2011
Sathya Sai Central Trust disinformation 28 April 2011

The Sathya Sai Trust propagandist, G. Venkataraman

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Dr. Kiran Patel & Co. awed by unscrupulous nephew of Sai Baba

Posted by robertpriddy on January 19, 2014

Kiral Patel, UK Sai Org.

Kiral Patel, UK Sai Org.

The Sathya Sai Organisation of U.K., once flourishing, could now only collect ca. 3000 persons to what was supposed to be a momentous meeting with Sai Baba’s successor as controller of the whole doubtful shebang. According to their website at, their National Chairman, Dr. Kiran Patel, “warmly introduced Sri Rathnakar.” and “Dr. Kishan Gadhia felicitated brother Rathnakar“. It would seem that they are in total denial of the scandals and wrongdoings of this usurping nephew, whose reputation is definitely not good, as one small example shows (see scan below right). 

Scan of blog information on Ratnakar

Scan of blog information on Ratnakar

The report on this meeting reads:-
“Sri Rathnakar in Leicester – A beautiful evening with Swami’s nephew. On Monday 2nd September, Leicester, affectionately called a ‘second Prasanthi’ by lots of the Sai devotees, had the immense and priceless privilege to welcome a much esteemed person, who had not only the Grace to study in the Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning in Puttaparthi, but also to be born in the physical family of our beloved Lord! This esteemed person is none other than Sri Rathnakar, Swami’s nephew. None of us can actually truly realize what a blessing it is to be born in Swami’s immediate family, but suffice it to say that it was such a blessing to have him as our guest speaker… Sri Rathnakar then had the supreme kindness to interact with several devotees, talking to some and accepting requests for photographs with some, thus demonstrating a great humility and love towards everyone.”

Indeed, what “supreme kindness”, “humility and love” for the ex-bank manager to accept being photographed! Rather it was a fawning attempt by Ratnakar to keep devotees from listening to the media storm about himself in India and improve the flow of donations and paying visitors to his fiefdom, Prashanthi Nilayam. He managed to get hold of the No. 1 spot in the super-rich Central Trust and, since money talks very loudly in India – and bribery is the best way for those with the means to defeat legal challenges – Ratnakar has managed to quell official opposition to himself. Amazingly, after the death of his uncle, R.J. Ratnakar one report was that he had even briefly put himself forward as Prema Sai (the alleged third incarnation of the Sai avatar), a claim he wisely dropped very soon. No devotees could possibly have accepted such utter rubbish. This whole episode just about sums up the utter denial and decadence of the extremely discredited and much truncated Sathya Sai Organisations nowadays. Note that there is hardly anyone other than Indians seen on photos… former English devotees have left in droves!

Further it was reported:Sathya Sai Baba’s grand-niece Chetna Raju claimed that she is facing life threats from some of the trust members.One may well ask who on the Trust did that? No prizes for the correct answer!

Fight over Satya Sai Baba trust turns violent – The New Indian Express

Ratnakar’s corruption and that of the Sai Central Trust can be investigated here (see links on that page).

For Indian & Telugu surfers, watch:-
Sai Baba’s nephew Ratnakar evil aspects ‘exposed’ – YouTube‎ May 6, 2011 Sathya Sai Baba nephew Ratnakar evil aspects exposed, SathyaSai Baba nephew Ratnakar  Aug 10, 2013 – Uploaded by Tv9 Telugu Ratnakar accused of swindling Satya Sai Trust assets For more videos go to http:/ / Follow

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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:- 

Clips from


Warring Satya Sai Baba kin bicker in public – News9 – 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

See also:-

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

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Sathya Sai Trust decoyed police and media on tax issues

Posted by robertpriddy on July 6, 2011

Income tax laws should have been applied to Sai Baba’s treasure seizure last month, with specific reference to the section 132 of the Income Tax Act, dealing with unaccounted wealth/money. The Sai Trust claimed ownership of that money, even though none of it had been accounted and was largely in cash, gold and diamonds the origin of which was not accounted anywhere and was – they claimed – previously completely unknown to the Trustees. 

India TV posted an article entitled “Sathya Sai Trust Issue Gets Murkier, Rs 35.5 Lakh Cash Donations Accepted” in which it says:-

‘Sathya Sai Central Trust members R J Ratnakar (Sathya Sai’s nephew) and V Srinivasan accepted cash amounting to Rs 35.50 lakh in violation of Income-Tax laws as well as the Trust’s own guidelines to accept donations above Rs 5,000 by cheque only, says a media report.’ ‘Ratnakar had at first stated that it was not Trust’s money. After accepting the cash, neither Ratnakar nor any of the Trust members gave the devotees receipts for the money they had donated, nor was it recorded in cash or account books of the Trust in gross violation of the Trust’s guidelines for financial propriety.’
‘The police had filed FIR in this case under Sections 69 and 132 of the Income-Tax Act besides IPC sections. “We stand vindicated today. It is unaccounted money and with their statements Ratnakar and Srinivasan acknowledged they violated their own Trust’s guidelines not to accept cash donations, and Income-Tax laws. We have forwarded our findings to I-T department and it is up to them to take action against the Trust,” Anantapur SP Shahnawaz Qasim said on Monday evening.


The crucial consequence of the above is that, if the Rs 35 lakhs seized is “black money” and attracts IT and criminal laws under sec 132, then what about the 100 kg gold, 300 kg silver and also Rs 12 crores cash seized earlier? They also come exactly under the same category. How was the Sathya Sai trust allowed to keep the entire wealth and , even worse, pay “advance tax ” of Rs 9.7 crores and legitimize the illegal wealth and claim it ? Even that “discovered” wealth had no documents and were in violation of all laws of IT dept as well as Sathya Sai trust’s charter. In this connection see the article Sathya Sai Trust’s V.Srinivasan’s story falls down on at least three counts

Sathya Sai Central Trust to publish annual accounts: Despite long have claimed in many public statements tht all the transactions of the Trust were open to inspection and that the Trust was entirely transparent, the lie has been uncovered so thoroughly that the Sai Trust has had to bite the bullet and announce a sea change, even though it may prove to be inadequate for proper public scrutiny of the dealing within the Trust in future. However, the Trust are famous for having made promises in this connection before, but have broken them, so we shall have to wait and see whether they keep this one… on Sai Baba’s next birthday anniversary (why wait so long?).


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Sai Baba Trustee statements so false as to confirm greater suspicion

Posted by robertpriddy on June 29, 2011

from The Hindustan Times

The Press Trust of India published the above information, printed in The Hindustan Times, Wed. 29th June, 2011. The trustees of the Sathya Sai Central Trust decided, contrary to all former practice by the Trust, to pay income tax on the jewelry, and advanced Rs 9.75 crore (that is 97,500,000 rupees equalling US$ 2,173,776.-). Yet stranger than the decision to pay tax, when no official body asked them to pay. The privilege of exemption with regard to income is still kept by the Trust until further notice. The amount of the income tax seems to be quite strange – 97 million rupees. But the amount of cash in SSB’s rooms was 115 million. What is the income tax based on? If were the cash currency it would amount to 85% tax. Jewels are mentioned and there was much gold and silver too. How did they estimate what the tax should be, when to value of the inventory was not then obtained? It seems very like some kind of diversion manoeuvre, and could it even be a bribe of some kind to whatever powers-than-be in this matter… officialdom or public opinion? Does the Sai Trust think it can usurp the authority of the taxation authorities and decide what tax to pay according to their own rough estimates? The case i bizarre and one smells a rat, and even a sinking ship. 

Excerpt from official Prashanthi Nilayam publication of Christmas Sandesh 1998. Don't laugh - but who doesn't know that Paul never met Jesus or "went up to him".

See?R.J. Ratnakar – the nephew of Sathya Sai Baba – finally gave a press interview. He had a rather unconvincing out-of-context smile on his face, which strongly suggests that he was following his guru’s advice and example (until Sai Baba went into old age depression), namely, to keep up a smiling face when under criticism. He reminded me of what a devotee, Rita Bruce, said of the typical Sai official, Mr. Suri of the Book Trust, when I asked if he was the one who smiled when he talked. She replied “He smiles only while he is lying”. Ratnakar lied most outrageously saying that the Sathya Sai Central Trust was entirely transparent… when no one but insiders could get to see any breakdown of the overall published annual figures. That or possibly also officials who had their hands in the pot for bribes? (This is India, don’t forget, not the land of probity by a very long way). His claim that it is the millions of Sai devotees who he cares for is to be balanced against the fact that – if he gets to run the Trust or be part of it – the income is the major concern. That is why he wants to pacify devotees!


R.J. Ratnakar can be accused of:-

1) the blatant lie that the Sai Trust is “transparent” (but it only so to trustees – only minimally to government. Andhra Pradesh authorities proclaimed they had no information on the Trust dealings when the story first broke). He has spoken of “vested interests” behind the critics, but this is an empty mantra repeated by numerous Sai officials… there is absolutely zero evidence for this and I should know as I am in touch with nearly all who have written criticisms in 10 years… all are independent, mostly ex-followers who have been abused in one way and another!

2) Steering very clear of the key controversy and the hidden facts around it all – the confinement and death of SB

3) Having been known indisputably to try to sideline Sathyajit, who certainly he knew was against Sai Baba’s will, so as to retain control himself. In fact, it was reported that he intended to pronounce himself at Sathya Sai Baba’s spiritual successor!
4) Not forwarding proof of who the money in the van were owned by or what it was for, or why it was in cash – not cheque and not accounting for the episode where many lakhs of cash were apprehended by a bus passenger

5) Being ‘son like father’. Having grown up under a father who was widely known in Puttaparthi – and among foreign visitors – to have run a brothel outside the ashram near the Ganesha gate, he is the son of a liar who takes after his father. His father Janakiramiah, younger brother of Sathya Sai Baba, became a multi-millionaire property magnate in Puttaparthi. He was known by V.K. Narasimhan to have blackmailed the police into executing four young men trapped in Sai Baba’s bedroom (on the pretext that they had tried to assassinate Sai Baba, which SB himself denied!). The famous words were uttered about the execution by Ratnakar’s father to the Home Minister S.B. Chavan – closeted together with V.K. Narasimhan – “Dead men tell no tales” And he and Chavan laughed out loud at that! When Narasimhan told me this in a lowered voice in private early in 1997, it led to my investigating intensely and having to bite the bullet – that I had become deluded by Sai Baba and his many supporters and that all I had done for 18 years for the organization was for a sham. (see a brief account of V.K. Narasimhan’s words as noted in situ in 1997)

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Police summons for two Sathya Sai Central Trust board members

Posted by robertpriddy on June 22, 2011

Finally…..after having issued legal notices under the criminal procedures code to two Sathya Sai Baba Central Trust members, and with those trustees not having responded  till date, the Andhra Pradesh police have summoned them to appear before them in connection with criminal cases. As the news report states…it is the first time in its entire history that any member of the powerful Central Trust is being summoned by the police to answer criminal charges! One can but hope that this would lead to more arrests of the big fish (and not just some hapless lower level workers as has been so far).

The Times of India also stated:- Police officers said they would question the trust members about the source of the money, which was intercepted near Hindupur while being transported to Bangalore by a man named Harishnana Shetty in a car.

The police investigations also revealed that the car seized June 19 had made four trips between Puttaparthi and Bangalore since June 16, when the locks of Yajur Mandir were opened. With the seizure of cash, a section of devotees have reiterated their allegations that huge amounts of money and valuables were shipped out of Prashanti Nilayam while Sathya Sai Baba was battling for his life at a hospital since March 28.

Some family members of Sathya Sai Baba have also made serious allegations against the trust members. They accused the trust of not taking care of the spiritual leader properly when he was hospitalised. They also said the trust was not taking devotees into confidence while taking major decisions.

The state’s main opposition Telugu Desam Party (TDP) has demanded a probe by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) into the allegations against the trust.

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