Sunday, October 4, 2015

Will PIL about so called communicator Madhusudhan Naidu be entertained by Karnataka High Court?

Given below are some recent comments (slightly edited) of mine on a Facebook post:

[PIL stands for Public Interest Litigation]

In response to the question, "Who files a PIL?"

Ravi S. Iyer wrote:
[Name-snipped]: I believe any Indian citizen or group of Indian citizens can approach PIL specialist lawyers to file a PIL (in this case in Karnataka High Court). The person or group of persons should be in a position to meet the expenses of the PIL lawyer(s) as well as have the free time and motivation to follow through on the PIL till the court gives the decision (presuming the court accepts the PIL as valid to be heard in that court). Please note that I am not a lawyer and have no personal experience of courts (Indian or foreign). What I have written above is based on what I have gathered from media and other sources.

In response to the questions, "Would this situation come under PIL? I hv my reservations..." and "In what way has MDH caused any public injury?"

Ravi S. Iyer wrote:
[Name-snipped]: Your concern is a valid one. However, I have seen that Indian Supreme Court lawyers like Shri Prashant Bhushan have successfully approached the Supreme Court for a variety of causes affecting groups of people, under PIL. Essentially, one needs to consult with PIL specialist lawyer(s) on the matter and take their opinion. The other point is that approaching the court with a PIL on this matter will give us the court's view on whether this matter is admissible as a PIL. The public injury here is the DELUDING of hundreds/thousands of INNOCENT Sathya Sai devotees in India and worldwide by the OUTRAGEOUS claim of so called communicator Madhusudhan Rao Naidu, and the damage to the legacy of Sri Sathya Sai Baba (as Naidu's discourses are now in the public realm as Sri Sathya Sai Baba's discourses) which will negatively impact generations of Sathya Sai devotees worldwide, if Madhusudhan Naidu is not stopped from MISUSING the name of Sri Sathya Sai Baba, in this fashion. That's my view. An expert PIL lawyer may be able to give us a much better and considered legal view.

In response to the question, "Aren't there ppl who can mediate between PN & NM? Is d Sai Organisation bankrupt of men wth d capacity to amicably settle d problem... patch d divide?"
[Ravi: NM seems to be a reference to Shri Narasimhamurthy.]

Ravi S. Iyer wrote:
[Name-snipped]: About mediation between PN (Prasanthi Nilayam) and MDH (Muddenahalli): Mr. Ganti has tried PUBLICLY and tried very hard to get Shri B.N. Narasimhamurthy (BNN) and Shri Madhusudhan Naidu (MN) to the discussion table. They are not interested in such discussions. It is a very FANATICAL mindset that they have, in my view. Their way or the highway. As all such efforts to make them come to the discussion table or publicly share their views on this matter on the Internet have DISMALLY FAILED to elicit any reaction from BNN or MN, in my considered view, legal means is the only option now to stop them from deluding further thousands of innocent Sathya Sai devotees.

In response to the statement, "Legal action is best left to d PN Trust people to take."

Ravi S. Iyer wrote:
My considered view is that PN Trust (i.e. Sri Sathya Sai Central Trust) seems to have some constraints in this matter. Therefore I have made this recommendation that PIL be filed by individual Sathya Sai devotee(s). However, that is my view. You are entitled to your view of leaving matters to PN trust, which I think is what most Sathya Sai devotees prefer to do.

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