At 'Call For
Media and Government Investigation of Sathya Sai Baba and His
Cult', see the third in a series of articles on nonagenarian P.N.
Bhagwati, who is to take over as head of the Sathya Sai Central
Barry Pittard on May 4, 2011
In the Times of India
article – ‘Sai Baba, my god, dictated my every single judgment’
– TNN | May 1, 2011, 03.22am IST – the former Chief Justice of
India, P.N. Bhagwati, and now to be head of the Sri Sathya Sai
Central Trust, makes this extraordinary claim. He says:
“As a professional, each
time I would sit down to write a judgment at 5 ‘o’clock in the
morning, I was only writing what my god dictated. Bhagwan held
my hand as I put pen to paper”
One wonders how the weighty
pens of judges the world over can ever manage – so precariously
unaided by such Direct Divine Penmanship as Bhagwati says he is
aided by - to remain upright and without trembling …..
...... one may wonder, too,
if other guru-affiliated judges would also, like Bhagwati,
subscribe to the notion that their guru is in total charge of
their legal judgements. What if their guru faced serious,
well-made allegations? ....
..... How dare Bhagwati
insult many decent families throughout the world! They have been
shattered by the greatest betrayal of their lives, the actions
of Sathya Sai Baba, to whom they were – many of the families for
decades – hitherto utterly devoted! .....
..... Perhaps, many who have
endured Bhagwati’s judgements over the years, and who regard the
hand of Sathya Sai Baba as an alien one, and an injust one, may
also like to pause for thought. And then to lodge formal
complaint, and even sue Bhagwati.
..... One does not, after all, expect a judge to say that he or
she is recognised as the finest legal brain in The Commonwealth
Of his actions at the time of the police executions in his
master's bedroom, Bhagwati says:
“I cannot remember. Maybe I
did, maybe I didn’t. I am not clear in my mind”.
Not clear in his mind?
One cannot help but think that the families and friends of those
so bloodily killed in Sathya Sai Baba’s bedroom might wish
indeed that Bhagwati had a much better memory, and wish that he
WAS clear in his mind …. In fact, as sober as a judge .....
Does Bhagwati remember where he
was when he first heard news of the assassination of Mahatma
Gandhi? Or that of President John F. Kennedy? Or when news came
of the events of 9/11? Presumably, he will remember where he
was when news came through to him of Sathya Sai Baba’s death.
Will he at all remember hearing the news, two days back, of the
death Osama bin Laden? Most of the rest of us will never forget
..... To say that he knows
nothing of the killings is a dark stain on Bhagwati. To say that
no investigations should take place, fortifies the Puttaparthi,
local, state and central Indian government cover up. It is a
scandal that is no secret to many Indian police, lawyers,
journalists, politicians, government bureaucrats and others. It
is one that shows India to the world, not as a ‘Shining India’
but as, all too glaringly, profoundly enmeshed in a corrupt,
autocratic past from which she still cannot drag herself free.