Last updated on 11th February 2017
Update on 11th Feb. 2017: My blog post, http://ravisiyer.blogspot.in/2017/02/my-congratulations-to-muddenahalli.html, has my congratulations to Muddenahalli group leaders for 10 Jan 2017 Nigerian police report clearing them of any criminal or other offence charges. However this Nigerian police report DOES NOT WITHDRAW or REFUTE point 4 of Nigerian police report dated 23rd Nov. 2016 which states "During interrogation, the 4th suspect (D. Madhusudan Rao Naidu) said he is not "light body" and does not receive any message from the late founder, Sri Sathya Sai Baba". end-update
I had received a document today (30th July 2016) morning reportedly authored by Sathya Sai International Organisation, Nigeria, titled "MUDDENAHALLI FRAUD EXPOSED IN NIGERIA" which can be viewed here: https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B3Pcd4RD_n8LUWdyWVc1QjJlVDA.
Update on 1st August 2016: A signed version of this document can be seen on my blog post, SSIO Nigeria document on detention/arrest of Muddenhalli group leaders signed by Africa chair Ramesh Hathiramani, http://ravisiyer.blogspot.in/2016/08/ssio-nigeria-document-on.html, dated 1st Aug. 2016.I tried to check the authenticity of the document and its contents. While I am not in a position to authenticate all the contents of the document, multiple sources have affirmed that the document is from Sathya Sai International Organisation, Nigeria. I was informed by multiple sources that Madhusudan Rao Naidu (and others) was interrogated by the Nigerian police (about his claim of being able to see and communicate with an invisible-to-others so called subtle body of Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba, and perhaps some associated matters). The document states:
During interrogation by police in Nigeria Madhusudan Rao Naidu, who falsely projects himself, and is being referred to, as “Light Body Swami” (in this context - Medium pretending to receive direct communication from God and passing on such communication to individuals) denied ever assuming himself or projecting himself as “Light Body Swami and stated that he never received any Messages from any divine source”.
The Muddenahalli Group was exposed in Nigeria by the Sathya Sai International Organisation (SSIO) Zone 9A, Region 93, for disgraceful activities, fraud, deceiving many innocent Sathya Sai devotees, innocent Nigerians and for disrupting Bhagawan Baba’s sacred Mission.
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Ravi: Please note that I have a policy of not commenting on charges of financial impropriety. But what interests me here is the report that Madhusudan Rao Naidu denied receiving any messages from any divine source. One person with whom I tried to check this reported statement, mentioned that Madhusudan Rao Naidu was questioned about such claims by the Nigerian police and/or associated authorities, and that he got very scared by this police interrogation. It seems that Madhusudan Rao Naidu did not assert with the Nigerian police and/or associated authorities, his claim of being able to see and communicate with a so called subtle body of Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba, and that he has promised not to do any such activities in Nigeria in future.
I think Madhusudan Rao Naidu should make a public statement on the matter now. He should not try to do a cover-up operation by acting as if this never happened. He is accountable to the many Sai devotees who believe his claims of being a so called communicator of/to a so called subtle body of Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba based in Muddenahalli. Further, his actions have resulted in great tension and division within the Sathya Sai movement worldwide.
If he was not able to convince Nigerian police of his extraordinary claims then he, in all probability, would not be able to do that with police and/or courts of almost all, if not all, countries including India. In which case, the wise thing for Madhusudan Rao Naidu to do is to STOP giving darshan, interviews and discourses using a claim of being a communicator of/to a so called subtle body of Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba. Instead he can provide his darshan, interviews and discourses in his own name. He could even modify his own name to Madhu Sai Baba. [I know some readers may not like Sai Baba part being added to his name but I think that is legal in India and probably in other countries too. We already have Bala Sai Baba of Kurnool and Sanjay Sai Baba of Nepal who use similar names.]
Update on 31st July 2016
Some persons from Muddenahalli group are trying to spread the narrative on social media that Nigerian police looked into a complaint made against Muddenahalli group and found the complaint to be baseless and so allowed Muddenahalli group to do whatever they want in Nigeria. That seems to me to be a FALSE narrative.
What my sources have told me is that the police interrogated them (Muddenahalli group people) and as the Indian embassy got involved, the police deported them back to India (except for Nigerian nationals). I don't know whether the deportation was done formally (with a deportation stamp on their passports). But for the Indian embassy involvement perhaps the detention period could have been longer (like seems to be the case with one Nigerian national of the group).
According to my sources, very clearly, the Nigerian police & authorities did find Muddenahalli group activities there to be objectionable, and also have warned Madhusudan Naidu not to repeat his (so called communicator) actions in Nigeria.
I also felt it appropriate to share some information from comments on another person's Facebook post which is discussing this matter, https://www.facebook.com/notes/vr-ganti/madhusudhan-rao-naidu-and-others-arrested-in-nigeria/10207164303170587.
A Mr. Arun Srinivas wrote that he has spoken to OKWUDIRI IMO, who (Mr. Srinivas says) is the national council President of Sathya Sai organisation of Nigeria, and who was present at the time of the interrogation/arrest of Madhusudan Naidu and Shri B.N. Narasimhamurthy (and others). Mr. Srinivas wrote that they were deported from Nigeria.
Meanwhile a Mr Renato Ciammaruconi worte that if any one wants to get more authentication on the Muddenahalli group's arrest and subsequent send off to India, they could contact Mr. Okwudiri Imo, who is the head of Sri Sathya Sai Organisation, Nigeria and who was very much there when the interrogation happened. Mr. Imo's facebook page link was provided https://www.facebook.com/okwyimo?fref=ts.
Mr. Pardha Saradhi Uppala wrote:
"Arun Srinivas, you said you spoke to Mr. Okwudiri Imo, who was present during the investigation of Mr. Madhu, where he agreed he does not hear any 'Divine Voices'. If you have Mr. Imo's permission, can you please share the specifics of your conversation with Mr. Imo?"
Mr. Arun Srinivas conveyed in his response to Mr. Pardha Saradhi Uppala that he had called Okuwdiri Imo who explained as to what all happened. Mr. Srinivas then wrote, "If ambassadors of Muddenahalli here in Facebook says that the story is FAKE...let them show the passport copy of their great Murthy Anna n fake Madhusudhan Naidu which has deportation stamp.....International sathya sai organisation is a wing of Central Trust and the circular cannot be fake as the brand ambassadors proclaim."
Mr Srinivas said that he is also a Muddenahalli ex student and that Murthy Anna (Shri B.N. Narsimhamurthy) was his guru and that he (Mr. Srinivas) is (something like deeply disappointed) because of (the current happenings there). He wrote, "I was a student almost 33 years ago at muddenhalli....so brand ambassadors at least (don't) have to give Discourse to person like me..."