Failed Legal Maneuvers Against Sathya Sai Baba: PART FOUR

Failed Legal Maneuvers Against Sathya Sai Baba: PART FOUR

Information About Relevant Supreme Court Justices:
The following Indian Supreme Court Justices are often the targets of malicious smear-campaigns by Ex-Devotees of Sathya Sai Baba. Critics have accused the following Justices of being Sai Devotees although they cannot provide a scintilla of verifiable information or credible sources to support their erroneous claims:

R. C. Lahoti
Lahoti, Ramesh Chandra, B.Com., LL.B—Born on 1-11-1940. Joined the Bar in District Guna in 1960 and enrolled as an Advocate in 1962. In April, 1977, recruited directly from the Bar to the State Higher Judicial Service and was appointed as a District & Sessions Judge. After functioning as a District & Sessions Judge for a year, he resigned in May 1978 and reverted to the Bar for practice mainly in the High Court. Appointed Additional Judge of the Madhya Pradesh High Court on 3.5.1988 and made permanent Judge on 4.8.1989. Transferred to Delhi High Court on 7.2.94. Appointed as a Judge of Supreme Court of India on 9.12.1998. Appointed as Chief Justice of Supreme Court Of India on 01-06-2004 (Forenoon). Due to retire on 1.11.2005.

G. B. Pattanaik
Pattanaik, Gopal Ballav, B.Sc., LL.B.—Born on 19th December, 1937, Enrolled Advocate on 28th February, 1962. Practised in Civil, Criminal, Constitutional and company cases in Orissa High Court. Appeared in some cases in Supreme Court. Appointed Standing Counsel for State Government from 1st March, 1971, Additional Government Advocate from 19th July, 1974 and worked as Government Advocate for more than four years. Appointed Judge, Orissa High Court from 1st June 1983. Appointed as Chief Justice of Patna High Court on 19-5-95. Appointed as Judge of the Supreme Court of India on 11.9.95. Retired on 19-12-2002 (F/N).

Dr. Justice Adarsh Sein Anand
Date of Birth : 1.11.1936 Place of Birth: Jammu (J & K State)

Qualifications : Received early education from Model Academy at Jammu; Graduated from Jammu and Kashmir University in 1958; L.L.B. with First Class and Diploma in Labour Laws 1960) from Lucknow University; Degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Laws (Constitutional Law of the Commonwealth) from London University in 1963.

Called to the Bar from the Hon’ble Society of Inner Temple, London in 1964. Practiced Law in Punjab & Haryana High Court at Chandigarh and built up a lucrative practice.

At the age of 38 years and six months, appointed as Additional Judge of Jammu & Kashmir High court on 26.5.1975 and confirmed as a permanent Judge of the same Court in February, 1976. Appointed as Acting Chief Justice of Jammu & Kashmir High Court on 26.5.1984, and Chief Justice of the same High Court on 11.5.1985. Transferred as the Chief Justice of the High Court of Judicature at Madras with effect from 1.11.1989. Elevated to the Bench of the Hon’ble Supreme Court of India in November, 1991.

Headed various Commissions of Enquiry and Investigative Commissions, as Judge & Chief Justice of the High Court of Jammu & Kashmir. Was a Member of the High Court Arrears Committee, appointed by the Government of India in 1989.

He has been a part-time Lecturer at the Punjab University, Chandigarh, Member of Jammu University Council and the Faculty of Laws, Jammu University as well as a Member of the Board of Studies, Faculty of Laws, Kashmir University. He was a Member of the Governing Body of Islamia College, Srinagar and is Member of the Board of Studies, Law Faculty, Jammu University.

Participated in various National and International Conferences notable among them being the first Appellate Judges Conference at Manila (Philippines) in 1977; Appellate Judges Conferences at new Delhi in 1984, the Law Asia Conference in 1984 and 1986 and the SAARC Law Conference at New Delhi in 1994; 2nd Worldwide Common Law Judiciary Conference at Washington in 1997; SAARC Chief Justices’ Conference at Colombo, Sri Lanka in October, 1998; Third Worldwide Common Law Judiciary Conference at Edinburgh (Scotland) from July 4-9, 1999.

Is Author of the book titled “The Constitution of Jammu & Kashmir – Its Development & Comments”. The 3rd revised edition was published in 1998.

Has been unanimously elected as President of the International Institute of Human Rights Society (Retd.) in 1996.

Awarded the Degree of LL.D. (Honoris Causa) at the special Convocation held by Lucknow University on 14th March, 1996.

Awarded the Fellowship of the University College, London, on 19th May, 1997.

Patron-in-Chief of National Legal Services Authority (India) with effect from 10th October, 1998.

Unanimously elected as Hony. Bencher of the Hon’ble Society of Inner Temple, London – 1998.

Appointed as Chief Justice of India on 10th October, 1998.

Awarded Degree of Doctor of Letters (Honoris Causa) at the 9th Convocation held at Jammu University on March 20, 1999.

Retired on 01.11.2001(F/N).

S. P. Bharucha
Bharucha, Sam Piroj, B.Sc., LL.B.—Born on 6th May, 1937. Enrolled as an Advocate of the Bombay High Court on 28th July, 1960. Practised mainly on the Original side of the Bombay High Court. Also appeared in the Supreme Court. Appointed Additional Judge, Bombay High Court from 19th September, 1977 and as permanent Judge on 3rd April, 1978. Appointed as Chief Justice, Karnataka High Court from 1-11-91. Appointed Judge of Supreme Court of lndia on 1-7-92.Appointed as Chief Justice of India on 01.11.2001(F/N). Due to retire on 6-5-2002.

B.N. Agrawal
Bishwa Nath Agrawal, B.A., B.L. – was born on 15-10-1944.

Enrolled as an Advocate in January, 1966. Practised mostly in Civil and Constitutional cases in the High Court at Patna. Appointed as Judge of the Patna High Court on 17-11-1986. Appointed as Chief Justice of Orissa High Court on 18-11-1999.

Appointed as Judge, Supreme Court of India on 19th October, 2000.

Due to retire on 15-10-2009(F.N).

To Date: None of these current/former Supreme Court Justices have been shown to have any ties with Sathya Sai Baba or the Sai Organization despite the paranoid, conspiratorial and tabloid-like assertions from Anti-Sai Critics.


Also see:

Failed Legal Maneuvers: Part One
Failed Legal Maneuvers: Part Two
Failed Legal Maneuvers: Part Three
Failed Legal Maneuvers: Part Four (You Are Here)
Failed Legal Maneuvers: Part Five
Failed Legal Maneuvers: Part Six
Failed Legal Maneuvers: Part Seven

Failed Legal Maneuvers Against Sathya Sai Baba: PART THREE

Failed Legal Maneuvers Against Sathya Sai Baba: PART THREE

Barry Pittard’s Bold-Faced Lies About Justice P.N. Bhagwati:

On Barry Pittard’s defamatory Anti-Sai WordPress blog, he said the following about Justice P.N. Bhagwati and Hari Sampath’s writ petition:

“One of India’s top advocates, Kamini Jaiswal, took the case on behalf of Hari Sampath, a noted dissenter from Sai Baba, formerly from the Security wing at Puttaparthi, and she and her assisting Counsel Prashant Kumar and Gaurav Agarwal and their client had to suffer the ignominy of a kangaroo court presided over by the profoundly compromised judges: S.P. Barucha, A.S. Anand, G.B. Patnaik (or G.B. Pattnaik), and R.C. Lahoti. Each one of these went on to become Chief Justice of India. Their CJ at the time was P.N. Bhagwati, a very active member of the Sathya Sai Central Trust, well known for keeping a damper on Sai Baba scandals over many years. As a number of us know personally, when the legal notes for this case are shown in legal quarters, including eminent ones, where mature democratic principles much more cohere, the lawyers are disgusted!”

Although it is true that Justice P.N. Bhagwati is a Sai Devotee, he never presided over (or exerted influence over) any court case pertaining to Sai Baba because no actual court cases ever involved the Guru. Furthermore, Justice Prafullachandra Natwarlal Bhagwati was a Chief Justice from July 1985 – December 1986.

Barry Pittard is adept in distorting the truth and is wholly incapable of conducting even the most remedial of research. For those who care for the truth, Justice P.N. Bhagwati retired from his Chief Justice position on December 20th 1986 (Ref), fifteen years before Hari Sampath filed his bogus writ petition. Therefore, Justice P.N. Bhagwati was not the Chief Justice at the time of Hari Sampath’s writ petition (as erroneously claimed by Pittard). Because Barry Pittard was under the false notion that Justice P.N. Bhagwati was the presiding Chief Justice at that time, he trashed, bashed and smeared all of the Justices as being “profoundly compromised” and insinuated that they were favorably inclined towards Sai Baba. These are the typical gutter tactics that Barry Pittard can often be seen employing against his former Guru (after whom he named his own son, which he fathered with a 21 year-old when he was 58 years old and old enough to be her grand-father: Ref).

If Barry Pittard cannot get these basic facts correct about Justice P.N. Bhagwati (before peddling his disinformation as the truth on his Anti-Sai blog), what does this say about the integrity of his claims about Sai Baba?

Justice PN Bhagwati

PN Bhagwati

”Justice P.N. Bhagwati is one of the most distinguished jurists of India since the independence of that country. He presided over the Supreme Court of India as its Chief Justice until his retirement. Under his leadership the Indian Supreme Court has developed comprehensive human rights jurisprudence for India . He, through creative interpretation, expanded the reach and context of human rights embodied in the Constitution. He developed the strategy of Public Interest Litigation with a view to making human rights meaningful for the large masses of poor and disadvantaged people. This is a strategy, which has won admiration in many common law jurisdictions.

He is closely connected with a large number of NGOs, both in India and outside, and has been motivating and inspiring grassroots human rights and development NGOs. Justice Bhagwati is the Chairman of the South Asian Task Force on Judiciary. He is Vice-Chairman of El Taller, an International Human Rights Development Organization located in Tunis . He has organized a number of judicial colloquia in different parts of the Commonwealth on “Domestic Application of International Human Rights norms” for judges in the Commonwealth. He has also promoted and participated in numerous workshops of lawyers and judges on the subject of human rights organized by NGOs and was Chairman of the World Congress on Human Rights held in New Delhi in December 1990.

He has been a member of the Committee of Experts of the ILO for over 15 years. For over 6 years he was the Vice-Chairman of the United Nations Human Rights Committee, and he is now elected as the Chairman. The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights has taken him as Regional Adviser for the Asia Pacific Region. He has also carried out several missions for the United Nations Centre for Human Rights, the Commonwealth Secretariat, and the International Commission of Jurists. His services have been utilized by several countries, including Mongolia , Cambodia , Nepal , Ethiopia , and South Africa in framing their Constitutions and particularly the chapters on human rights. He was a member of the Goldstone Commission of inquiry in South Africa . He was also involved in finalizing the draft manual for training of judges in human rights prepared by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights.

Justice Bhagwati has been particularly active in the area of women’s human rights. He has been the moderator and the main resource person for at least three judicial workshops of women judges for domestic application of international human rights norms in the jurisprudence of women’s human rights, one in Victoria Falls for African judges, the other in Hong Kong for Asia Pacific judges and the third in Guyana for Caribbean judges. He presided over the Peoples Tribunal for Violence against Women at the Vienna Human Rights congress. This Tribunal was organized by International Women NGOs.

He has been responsible for a considerable amount of work in the field of human rights and development among tribals and particularly tribal women in South and East India and has provided leadership to the NGO, AWARE, in making 6,000 villages self-reliant. Two large complexes in rural areas have been named after him. He is a household name amongst the poor and underprivileged sectors of Indian society.

Justice P.N. Bhagwati was responsible for making a large number of innovations with a view to providing access to justice to the poor and disadvantaged. He enlarged the doctrine of locus standi before the Supreme Court and the High Courts for vindicating the individual and collective rights of those who were denied access to justice on account of poverty or social or economic disability.

He at the same time worked successfully to build up an elaborate legal aid programme. He is widely regarded as the originator of India ‘s legal aid programme, including setting up of legal aid camps in rural areas, working with NGOs, establishing legal aid clinics etc.

Numerous documentaries have been made on him and his work including one where he is one of six outstanding Indians on whose life the Indian TV has done a profile. He has been the most visible member of India ‘s Judiciary since independence. His reputation and his impact, through his judicial and legal aid work, is so enormous that the public response has been quite phenomenal, e.g., a village where the tribal people benefited from his judgement, renamed the village after him calling it BHAGWATI PURAM.

He has championed the cause of workers and labourers. His thought provoking judgements on bonded and unorganized labour and child labour have resulted in various legislations and government schemes in improving their social and economic conditions. He is also involved in the programme of sustainable development and has been responsible for developing poverty jurisprudence in India.

His services have been availed of by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. He is the Chairman of Eminent Persons Group for Study of questions relating to refugees. He is also Chairman of the Advisory Board of the Centre for Independence of Judges and Lawyers (CIJL) based in Geneva and as such he is associated with many of the activities of the International Commission of Jurists, Geneva.

He has also been a member of the Permanent Court of Arbitration at The Hague for the last several years. He was also a member of the International Mediation Team with Henry Kissinger and Lord Carrington for mediation between Inkatha and ANC before the elections in South Africa.

He is presently Chairman of the Human Rights Committee under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights of the United Nations. He is also the Regional Adviser to the High Commissioner for Human Rights for the entire Asia and Pacific Region. He is also a Member of the International Advisory Council of the World Bank for Legal and Judicial Reforms. He is also the Honorary Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

He is Chancellor of the Hyderabad University.

He is also Chancellor of Shr Lal Bahadur Shastri Rashtriya Sanskrit Vidyapeeth.

He is also the Honorary Member of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York.” (Reference)

This is the type of esteemed and well-respected individual that critic’s casually defame, mock and trivialize to bolster their lamentable case against Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba.


Also see:

Failed Legal Maneuvers: Part One
Failed Legal Maneuvers: Part Two
Failed Legal Maneuvers: Part Three (You Are Here)
Failed Legal Maneuvers: Part Four
Failed Legal Maneuvers: Part Five
Failed Legal Maneuvers: Part Six
Failed Legal Maneuvers: Part Seven

Failed Legal Maneuvers Against Sathya Sai Baba: PART TWO

Failed Legal Maneuvers Against Sathya Sai Baba: PART TWO

JuST Group’s Admissions About The Court Dismissal:
At, the JuST Seekers Of Truth Group made the following admission:


All who have been so good as to sign the petition deserve an explanation as to why complaints to the FBI and CBI were not included. The JuST petition working group, in consultation with a dozen of the other original signatories in the JuST group, seriously considered the status of exposé dealings with the FBI and the CBI and found that the initiatives taken towards these bodies by various exposé activists have not so far proven effective. No documentation of replies, nor any public statement concerning Sathya Sai Baba or the accusations against him, have been made available anywhere by either the FBI in the USA or the CBI in India. Mentioning this in the international petition would therefore have been counter-productively unconvincing to any serious actors and agencies in the legal and human rights field. The same applies to the High Court judgement in India, where the charges were rejected as invalid, on the grounds that they were made by a person other than any of the injured parties. Documentation of all this only proves unadvised and incorrect procedure on behalf of the injured parties, which the JuST group considered a bad advertisment for the credibility of the petition to authorities around the world.”

Therefore, the JuST Group (allegedly composed of 32 ex-devotees) directly admitted that they failed to obtain results from the FBI, CBI and the Indian High Court against Sathya Sai Baba. Need I say more?

Thank you Ex-Devotees!


Also see:

Failed Legal Maneuvers: Part One
Failed Legal Maneuvers: Part Two (You Are Here)
Failed Legal Maneuvers: Part Three
Failed Legal Maneuvers: Part Four
Failed Legal Maneuvers: Part Five
Failed Legal Maneuvers: Part Six
Failed Legal Maneuvers: Part Seven

Failed Legal Maneuvers Against Sathya Sai Baba: PART ONE

Failed Legal Maneuvers Against Sathya Sai Baba: PART ONE

Hari Sampath’s Failed Supreme Court Writ Petition Against Sathya Sai Baba’s Original Statement:
On this website, I (Joe Moreno) made the following statement of fact, which no Anti-Sai Activist can refute with verifiable information or documentation:

“Sathya Sai Baba has never had even one single complaint lodged against him by any alleged victim, first-hand, in India. As a matter of fact, not even one alleged victim has even tried to file a basic police complaint or court case against Sathya Sai Baba in India (the only place where courts would have jurisdiction over Baba as an individual defendant).”

Barry Pittard claimed on his defamatory Anti-Sai WordPress blog (without specifically naming me) that my original statement is incorrect. It is apparent that Barry Pittard obviously has difficulty understanding my original statement and confused court case attempts with actual court cases. Although questionable court cases have been attempted against Sathya Sai Baba, he never had to obtain a lawyer to defend himself because the court cases never made it to trail because they were rejected by Judges who saw through their obvious fraudulence. To Date: Sathya Sai Baba has never (ever) been formally charged with any crime (sexual or otherwise) in a court of law in India. This is an indisputable statement of fact and I suggest Barry Pittard stop confusing himself and others by failing to differentiate between attempts to file a court case with an actual court case with lawyers representing a plaintiff and defendant. Furthermore, Barry Pittard’s citations of court case attempts were never filed (first-hand) in India by alleged victims.

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Amma & The Power Of A Hug



The power of a hug
George Iype in Kerala
September 25, 2003 01:41 IST

The high and mighty, poor and rich, young and old are lining up in Kochi for a gentle hug, a soothing word and a tender kiss.

The hope of an embrace from ‘hugging saint’ Mata Amritanandamayi has the coastal Kerala city bursting at the seams.

Domestic and international airlines are fully booked for a week; foreigners have landed in chartered flights; special trains are ferrying devotees; and hotels are fully packed as more than half a million followers of Amma have come to the city, which has a population of less than a million.

What brings people like President A P J Abdul Kalam, Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, Reliance chief Mukesh Ambani, Sycamore founder Gururaj Deshpande, US Senator Larry Pressler and actress Linda Evans to Amma?

“It is her hug,” says French filmmaker Jan Kounen. Kounen should know, for he and long-time friend and French producer Manuel de la Roche are busy at the Jawaharlal Nehru International Stadium — the venue of the four-day birthday celebrations of Amma — shooting for a film, Another Reality.

“Her hug has fascinated me. I am exploring how a simple woman from Kerala has become a world saint through her gentle touch. You know, through her hug she connects us to the spiritual world,” Kounen added.

Like him, hundreds of thousands of devotees silently queue up as Amma comes to one of the many specially arranged podiums to meet people.

“Look at her face. The spiritual light of her face is all that I need to forget the troubles and miseries of life,” says Jonathan Swift, another devotee from Sweden.

Swift says a hug from Amma is “simply spiritual bliss”. “She has hugged me at least five times in different locations abroad. I felt a kind of spiritual energy in me after Amma embraced me,” Swift, who works with a Swedish pharmaceutical company, said.

In the last three decades, Amritanandamayi, born in the coastal village of Parayakadavu in Kollam, has hugged more than 30 million people.

A Los Angeles Times journalist once asked Amma: “Why do you hug people?” She replied: “This question is like asking the river, ‘why are you flowing.'”

Some years back, Vajpayee visited Amritanandamayi. She embraced Vajpayee and whispered in his ears her patented mantra: “My son, my son.”

“She is showing us the value of the right combination of spiritual ideals and practical wisdom,” Vajpayee, now an ardent devotee of Amma, said after the hug.

Evan Jones, a physiotherapist from the United States, says she fell in love with Amma because “her gentle touch electrified me”.

“The biggest thing about Amma is that she does not have a religion. Her religion is that of love and compassion. Her spiritual empire is love and service,” Jones says.

Agrees Beverley Noia, an American who was professor of comparative religion at a New Mexico university. The idea of god always perplexed her. One day, she met Amma during one of her US visits. “I saw in Amma a real mother. I found that she is the answer to universal motherhood,” says Noia who abandoned her job and joined Amma’s ashram in Kollam eight years ago.

Noia says Amma has proved that religions and languages are no barriers for spiritual fulfilment and human service.

In 1993, Amma addressed Parliament of World Religions in Chicago; in 1995, she spoke at the Interfaith Celebrations at the Cathedral of St John the Divine, New York; in August 2000, she addressed the Millennium World Peace Summit of Religious and Spiritual Leaders at the UN General Assembly; and in October 2002, she spoke at the UN World Conference of Women’s Religious and Spiritual Leaders in Geneva.

“All these addresses were in vernacular Malayalam. But people understand the power of love, though she talks in Malayalam,” says Jones.

What will Amma say when she addresses the CEOs and business leaders who have come from all over the world? One of her close aides says Amma will teach them the fine of art of combining business with social service and spiritual energy.

One of Amritanandamayi’s aides says that in the last three decades, she “has built up a spiritual and service empire that include educational, charity and medical institutions across India and abroad”.

Today, at the age of 50, Amritanandamayi heads huge projects –estimated to be worth Rs 1,000 crore — to help the sick and poor across the country. The ardent CEO followers of Amma will definitely take note.


Ocean Of Love

Ocean Of Love