I wrote to Muz Murray, who is a yogi and spiritual leader, known as Ramana Baba, (see here)- requesting any further information he might still possess. Here is his e-mail reply:-
During a speech at Brindavanam School in Whitefields in December 2000, Baba said:
"Today, many people are jealous of Sai, since His name and fame are spreading far and wide. Neither do they undertake any good activity nor can they tolerate if someone else is doing good. The Rayalaseema region suffered from scarcity of drinking water right from the time of British rule. There were many leaders and men of affluence, but none of them took up the task of providing drinking water in this region. It was Sai Baba who quenched the thirst of lakhs of people of Rayalaseema. "
"Today, the cost of heart surgeries run into lakhs of rupees. Again it is Sai Baba who has established a Super Specialty Hospital, where most expensive heart surgeries are done totally free of cost."
"Today, the field of education is corrupted by money to such an extent that one has to pay 20,000 rupees as donation to admit a child in primary school. But Sai Baba is providing free education right from the level of K.G. to P.G. No other individual, or no government for that matter, has been able to provide free education or free medical care. Those fortunate ones with higher education have become so mean-minded that they have lost the sense to understand and appreciate the sanctity associated with these activities. Have any of them been able to accomplish at least one-thousandth of what Sai Baba is doing? No, no, no! It is only Sathya Sai Baba who has undertaken such noble tasks without a trace of selfishness." (Rousing cheers from the assembled devotees).
Investigators however, maintain that these claims have another side to them. It was found that the authorities had previously refused permission for a water pipe solely for the private use of the ashram, unless other villages on the way were also supplied, as many in the region were without water. Permission to lay 2000 km of pipeline to the ashram was only granted after accepting this proviso. But even though some of the villages of the Rayalaseema region through which the pipeline runs are now getting good water, others say that half the pipelines are blocked or badly fitted and they are still not getting a supply.
Although tuition in the schools is promoted as being 'free,' in actuality the boarding and lodging and curriculum materials, etc are extremely costly, way beyond the means of average students. Detractors maintain that places are therefore not open to every child. The children are handpicked, so that only the best scholars are allowed to study there. The Indian Skeptic (August '99) had another view, publishing a disturbing report on the systematic selection of only the most 'cute little boys' by the Sai- Organisation.
The money for the magnificent super speciality hospital did not of course, come from Baba's pocket, but was paid for by millionaire devotee, Isaac Tigrett, owner of the Hard Rock Café and Restaurant chain in the USA. Yet it seems that even this munificence was not enough for the surgeons who worked there.
The Deccan Chronicle (5th November 1999) reported that a writ of criminal prosecution was issued in the Andhra Pradesh High Court, against the doctors of the Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Medical Sciences, for selling a donor kidney, instead of transplanting it in the person for whom it was intended. The writ was served by B.T. Rao Karavande, who donated a kidney for his father, who died without receiving it. An autopsy confirmed that no kidney transplant had taken place. Mr. Karavande stated that the police at Puttaparthi refused to register his complaint. He was also thrown out of the hospital when he confronted the doctors with the documents regarding the results of the post mortem examination. Newspapers also reported that funds had been misappropriated and that the hospitals lack cleanliness and sanitation.
See summary of the kidney theft case and how it is being suppressed by Sai Baba influence on the juidiciary here.