VINAY RAI'S GOVERNMENT-BACKED CRUSADE TO CRIPPLE FREE SPEECH
by Robert Priddy
The P.V. Narasimha Rao government declared Sathya Sai Baba to be an official 'national treasure'. Through his Home Minister, S.B. Chavan, Narasimha Rao ensured a total cover-up and quashing of the horrendous murders in the bedroom apartment of Sai Baba as master-minded by his close servitors while he stood by. Equally Draconian was the Supreme Court of India's rejection of a petition forwarded by Kamini Jaiswal which also contained many credible and consistent sworn testimonies and affidavits including also major cases of sexual abuse of young men by Sathya Sai Baba. The Supreme Court even destroyed the documentation of that hearing so that the British Authorities could find no record of it. Yet a copy survived and can be viewed here http://saibaba-invigilator.blogspot.com/2006_12_01_archive.html). As the Indian Skeptic has also documented under the leadership of Basava Premanand, how the Prime Minister A. B. Vajpayee together with former Former Chief Justice P. N. Bhagwati signed a false declararion about the innocence of Sai Baba. When challenged for their evidence or investigation of the matters by Premanand, he was rebuffed by massive bureaucratic runaround. (http://saibaba-invigilator.blogspot.com/2007_01_01_archive.html).
The government-backed warning to Internet companies Sai Baba is still regarded as a national treasure, as is witnessed by the new campaign initiated by a Mr. Vinay Rai (who is not the infamous millionaire son of Kulwant Rai) His Government-backed attempt in the Delhi High Court against 21 web servers or portals for "criminal conspiracy" (originally lodged in late 2011) aims to silence large numbers of critics of politicians and critics. In the prosecution's vague and indiscriminate terminology "inflammatory, defamatory, objectionable and controversial" material is to be removed - especially that relating to 'religious figures' or which may cause social unrest.
This attempt to stop critical web sites is probably backed by the Singh government partly because of the websites and testimonies exposing Sathya Sai Baba by a number of his ex-followers. Top devotees like Prime Minister Singh, Sonia Gandhi and President Patil, have all constantly endorsed Sai Baba and visited him - and attended his funeral - since long before the facts about his reported crimes became known. They evidently dared not lose face by backtracking thereafter, apart from the complications in which they had involved themselves, not least involving votes and money matters. So now they condone an attempt by the moralistic and censorious Vinay Rai to try shackling the Internet within India. The vague and catch-all wording of the charge - if legalised in court - could then be used by them to close down almost anything the powers-that-be do not like, and without even having to prove any such actions individually in court. The judge even threatens a similar international Internet crisis like that between China and the world, caring not about the democracy and freedom of speech and opinion open IT channels nourish above all other current technologies! One must wonder how a minister of Communication and Internet Technology (Kapil Sibal) a high court judge (Suresh Kait) can be so unprofessional that any college school student can recognize, considering the ignorance they display of the implications, technical, social, political and legal. Alas for India if they should ever succeed, now or later... it would undoubtedly affect India's many trade partners too; tending to destroy the trust of the international community as regards their already parlous human rights, and may well reduce out-sourcing from rich advanced nations, and other affected business, trade and tourism.
The Indian Government and the Sathya Sai Organization have been unable (due to our possession of damning sworn testimonies and affidavits and a long history of cover-up of crimes by Sai Baba key figures connected with him) to bring a case against any of the many who have since 2000 been active in exposing these facts on the Internet.