Alaya Rahm's Lawsuit vs Sathya Sai Society of
Date: July 16,
Substantive evidence was about to be called in court to support Alaya Rahm’s case, for which the Judge had allotted five weeks. However, his attorney, William Brelsford Esq., seeing formidable legal obstacles set by the defendants, and also working against a statute of limitations deadline, advised Alaya Rahm to self-dismiss the case. Along with other difficulties encountered, his attorney has explained, June 29th, 2006, to Alaya Rahm and his family:
No court found Alaya's allegations to be false. Simply, the suit could not continue on a technicality, and the claims of sexual abuse stand irrefutably true, just as before. The Sathya Sai Organization could take legal cover behind its bookstore. This is a very different situation to that being depicted in the systematic disinformation being spread throughout the Sai movement; for example, by those connected with its official international broadcast wing Radio Sai.
Among others ready
to testify to the court was the former Mrs Diane Payne -
The Sathya Sai Organization has
set itself up to avoid legal accountability and full public scrutiny.
There is no legal entity in the
Compelling evidence could have been brought that Alaya’s case was but one of many cases of sexual abuse against citizens of the USA and other countries where Sai Baba is described as using threats and bribes. A number of sexual abuse professionals whom JuST has consulted have told us that emotional bribery and blackmail are common stratagems in the repertoire of sexual abusers. Such duress would be frightening enough for an adult, but what of mere boys in their teens!? What of those many who have been raised from birth as Sai devotees?
Because of the legalistic stumbling blocks, compelling testimony could not be presented. For example, evidence of:
What is more, hostile ploys in court by the Society’s lawyers and Lewis Kreydick to cast Alaya and Marisa Rahm (his mother) in a false, negative light have, most unjustly, remained undefended because of the sudden termination of the case.
Leading office-bearers who have attempted to expose the truth are always closed out of the Sathya Sai Organization. Therefore, lower echelon and rank-and-file members cannot deliberate on the facts. Sai Baba has lied about former devotees who now expose him, and his leaders know that. He has called them “Judases”, “demons", and has falsely and without giving a shred of evidence accused them of opposing him for money. When the Rahms took their story to Dr Goldstein, in September 1999, he was, they say, shocked and shaken, telling them, "Faith has got to be restored and words will not be enough." Promising to speak to Sai Baba, Goldstein asked the Rahms to keep the matter secret in the meantime. On his return, Goldstein said that Sai Baba replied, "Swami is pure" and "If you want to fight with people in the gutter, you also have to go into the gutter. Don't."
But the Rahms are not gutter people. Nor were they fighting. Goldstein and the leaders of the Sathya Sai Organization have breached the time-honored ethic in investigation of serious allegations that one does not rely, alone, on the word of an accused perpetrator. What indeed might a law case, allowed to run its course, reveal about this Organization?
impossible to approach Sai Baba legally from
abroad - not to mention the obstacles to bringing him to justice within
Where they can, cults typically head off law cases on the basis of legal technicality. Sai Baba’s organization dares not face public examination. In countries in all the Sai Organization ‘regions’, its prominent leaders were instructed to ensure the Organization was not registered in a way that would render it legally or financially liable. One point which exemplifies this policy is seen in The Sathya Sai Organization Charter Section (E) CENTRES (6) Rules and Regulations: “The Centre/Group will not ordinarily be registered under the local law relating to registration of societies, if such registration is not mandatory.” (p.24).
In the late 1980s,
overseas Sai Organizations and their Centers were instructed not to own or buy any property
in the name of the Organization, but where necessary to let or borrow
premises. The only properties and assets were to be in
research and legal staffs of major organizations have accepted the
credibility of many witnesses from the
The Sathya Sai Organization – which, like Sai Baba, claims to uphold the truth - continually bluffs with its threats but quickly retreats when a corporation stands up to it, like the BBC, Danish broadcaster DR, Canada's CBC, Australia's SBS, India Today, and others. (Click here for example1 and example 2).
Those who know
Alaya and his family are satisfied that they
have told the truth. Indeed, the penalty for lying to a court in the
accounts of individuals from many countries and investigative
documentation by former devotees and some of the world’s leading media
attest that Sai Baba has sexually molested
and young men for over 30 years. Indeed, much of the international
testimony, including sworn statements, could not be aired within obvious
broadcast or print media limitations. Claims that these media are
‘sensationalistic’ are grossly untrue. These have been made by Sai Organization heads like Indulal Shah (formerly world head of the
Organization), Dr. G. Venkataraman (Deputy
Chairman of the ruling world body ‘The Prashanti
Council’ chaired by Dr. Michael Goldstein and head of Radio Sai, the official international radio broadcaster) and
other prominent Sai Baba apologists. As early as
1980, Dr John Hislop gathered Goldstein and the
other directors to discuss the allegations by devotees. At that time as
well, he accused an innocent mother and her abused teenage son of lying.
Because of the technicality that closed the case, this is but one of the
vital issues that it was not possible to air in court. Alaya Rahm’s attorney would
have been able to demonstrate, under witness oath, that the Hislop letters - very damaging to the Sai Organization - are fully
verifiable. Yet another strong witness standing by to verify these letters
was Dr Timothy Conway, of
Al Rahm states: “The leaders covered up then and are covering up now. Dr Goldstein Dr William Harvey, Berniece Mead, Robert Bozzani and their attorneys are fully aware of the seriousness of the many sexual abuse allegations”.
On the Internet
and elsewhere, some persons - who dare not stand forth as Alaya and other Sai Baba
abuse survivors have done - dishonestly set about trying to discredit
people who were much respected when Sai
devotees. Alaya Rahm’s
father, Al, for example, was one of five regional officers in ‘Region
It most assuredly is not, and this typical case of dereliction of duty of care among Sai Baba’s foremost leaders should concern the wider public too which is the target of the Sai Organization, with its multi-million dollar project setting up schools in different countries. With its EHV program it seeks to get into the schools of the world but without disclosing its Sai Baba-oriented agenda - the guru who says that he will rule the world before AD 2022.
That Alaya Rahm withdrew his case reflects on certain Sathya Sai Organization leaders and their bad faith, not on him. Rather, he and his very supportive family who sacrificed so much through many years for Sai Baba and his Organization have had the courage, in the hope of saving other children from sexual abuse, to come forward in a United States court of law and to redouble their efforts to let the public know the truth.