Thursday, November 18, 2010

Sraddhalu Ranade is known to be the founder of Agni Productions

From Subhas Roy subroyindia@gmail.com to tusarnmohapatra@gmail.com date 18 November 2010 00:50 subject More investigations for Prof. Kamal Das please
Dear Sir, Could you please post this on the SEOF in relation to Prof. Kamal Das' investigations and for the Prof's benefit as well as that of other interested readers of SEOF. Please remove my e-mail address. Thanks SR.

Dear Prof. Kamal Das,
You investigative skills are rather remarkable, considering that you have been able to dig out the details about Sudha Sinha's gate pass from God knows which location in India or the world, unless you changed your mind and finally decided to visit the Puducherry Ashram during darshan, which if I may remind you, you had earlier declined from doing for reasons that you had stated then. Kudos to you!

I have of course still not forgotten how you must have been hiding under Nolini-da's bed to pursue your investigation on confidential and private letters concerning MDG that were allegedly in possession of Nolini-da. That was equally remarkable.

Considering your great acumen for conducting investigations, could you now please help us out with another equally thrilling and interesting investigation concerning one Sraddhalu Ranade, who happens to be one of the brains behind the petition that was filed by Sudha Sinha and her colleagues against the SAAT, which a newcomer like you so strongly supports for reasons still unknown to many of us.

Sraddhalu Ranade, whom someone like you is likely to consider to be a modest, sincere and devoted inmate of the Sri Aurobindo Ashram, is also considered to be some kind of a Guru by those who are not very familiar with the SA Ashram and the manner in which it functions. 

The manner in which Sraddhalu Ranade finds fault with others in his community, is likely to give you the impression that his closet apparently contains no skeletons. However, among his many commercial ventures outside of the Ashram, one stands out. Sraddhalu Ranade is known to be the founder of Agni Productions, a private TV production unit based in north India.

Interestingly, the news article below that is being widely circulated and which I have received, reports that Agni Productions was involved in a multi-crore scam involving corrupt income tax officials known to have deposited large sums of money collected illegally in the account of a "Mother India Fund" which in turn would get "immediately" transfered to the account of Agni Productions.

Wouldn't you find it worthwhile to use your astute investigative skills to find out how much of that money ever found its way to the Ashram of Sri Aurobindo and The Mother - and indirectly for the benefit of other inmates such as (supposedly) Sudha Sinha - which Sraddhalu Ranade supposedly serves in total devotion. We hope to hear from you as promptly as you have done in the past. SR.
Income Tax official’s arrest tip of iceberg 
K.S. Chawla Ludhiana, February 6
According to sources in the Vigilance Department, the vigilance wing got complaints that some officers of the Income Tax Department, Chandigarh, had been forcing businessmen in Ludhiana as well as in northern region to deposit huge sums of money in a private trust called ‘Mother India Fund’. The vigilance wing of the Income Tax Department in Delhi asked the Chief Commissioner, Income Tax Chandigarh, in a letter in October, 2004 to collect facts on the complaints that many businessmen in Ludhiana as well as in the northern region were being harassed by officers for collecting money in the name of a fund called, ‘Mother India Fund’ for which a bank account was opened in the ICICI Bank and people were being asked to deposit cash in order to avoid any enquiry or survey. The vigilance wing had asked the Chief Commissioner, Income Tax, Chandigarh, to get details of the bank account of ‘Mother India Fund’ and all other necessary information related to this fund and the persons operating the account.
When the Vigilance Department received details of the ‘Mother India Fund’ account from Chandigarh, it revealed that almost around Rs 8 crore to Rs 10 crore had been deposited in this account in Ludhiana in a period of about 17 months from June 16, 2003 to November 8, 2004 and as much as Rs 8 lakh to Rs 9 lakh was deposited in cash in some entries. The Assistant Commissioner of Income Tax Department, Saxena, who was arrested at Ludhiana, was known to be the right-hand man of the senior officer based at Chandigarh who was allegedly the real beneficiary and was in a position to twist the arms of businessmen. The lawyer, Shelly, was very close to this officer who was earlier posted at Ludhiana for about seven years.
The investigations into the ‘Mother India Fund’ have revealed that it had its headquarters as mentioned in their cards of the ICICI Bank as F-4/2A, DLF Phase-I, Gurgaon, Haryana. The account was opened in the ICICI Bank, Jandu Towers, Miller Ganj, Ludhiana.
The details of deposits and withdrawls are revealing. In seven months there have been as many as 81 entries of cash deposits, out of which 22 are of the deposits of more than Rs 2.5 lakh each. There is one entry of Rs 9 lakh, two entries of Rs 8 lakh each, 4 entries of Rs 5 lakh each, two entries of Rs 4 lakh each, 13 entries of over Rs 2 lakh each. The remaining entries are mostly of Rs 2 lakh and 1 lakh.
The investigations show that most of the amount has been transferred to the account of Agni Productions of which there are 74 entries and some entries of money transfer are to one auto company. An interesting feature is that as soon as some money is accumulated in the ‘Mother India Fund’, the money is immediately transferred to the Agni Productions account and some other account leaving a few thousand rupees in the account.

26 comments:

  1. Looks like the Ashram authorities have already started issuing, in serial form, the sequel to "The lives of Sri Aurobindo". The title of the book is going to be "The lives of Sraddhalu Ranade". The modus operandi, or shall we say scholarly, historiographical methodology, here is going to be Step 2) bring charges based on rumor, Step 3) prove guilt by association Step 4) convict on the basis of suspicion. Oh, and I forgot Step 1) Decide on sentence of expulsion with no hope of repatriation.

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  2. Govind? Alok Pande? Sraddhalu? Jayant?

    Silence?

    :-)

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  3. Dear Govind,

    A lengthy newspaper report and this is all you can say? Why doesn't Sraddhalu 'issue a public statement to clear the air'? 'To distance himself from the newspaper'? ;-)

    Phew! Some blinkers you have on....

    R.K.

    P.S.: Go to SYG and take a look at one A. Arya's email to the group (Yes, yes, some relation of your friend Uday). Some more agni rumours for you to deal with...

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  4. One newspaper report which has a passing reference to something that may be related to Sraddhalu and you are OK with the far-fetched conclusions being drawn by the person who posted it here? Whether intentional or not your choice of words is perfect when you say "agni RUMORS". I do not belong to the Heehsian school of 'historiography', more accurately school of scandal-mongering and rumor-spreading, according to which one lone, solitary, isolated report from one source is enough to cast the whole life of an individual into a thoroughly negative light.

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  5. @ Govind:

    Relevance?!!!!? By god, you have some blinkers on, man!

    SR is an inmate of the Ashram; who runs an external commercial unit without permission from the trust; he is allegedly involved in a multi-crore scam involving top officials from the Income Tax department; his commercial misdoings are corroborated by former employees and ex-students; his friend Jayant is even more successful on the scam front, involved in ever larger and bigger financial frauds; they shout from the rooftops about a book; SR puts himself forward as the one 'true disciple'; then orders about the trustees of the Ashram in which he participates in no way; and now files a suit to dismiss the trustees, inviting the government to take over.

    Relevance: a man whose bonafides and credibility are themselves in question, takes it upon himself to 'protect Sri Aurobindo', and is working actively to break up the Ashram, in which he does NOTHING, while continuing to enjoy FOOD, HOUSING, and MEDICAL CARE, among other things.

    In itself this would not matter, for if the cause is right, who espouses it is not important. But here is a 'cause' itself questionable, espoused by a man who refuses to ever discuss openly his assumptions.

    So the BIG question: ARE THE ACTIONS OF SRADDHALU IN CONNECTION WITH THE BOOK A SMOKESCREEN TO COVER UP HIS PAST AND PREVENT THE TRUSTEES FROM TAKING ACTION AGAINST HIM AND EXPELLING HIM FOR VARIOUS, PH-UNRELATED, DISCIPLINARY LAPSES?

    And if you say they are not, CAN WE TRUST IN A MAN'S BONAFIDES WHO IS HIMSELF ALLEGEDLY CORRUPT AND EVEN OTHERWISE SIMPLY UNWORTHY OF BEING A MEMBER OF THE ASHRAM?

    Relevant enough?

    RK

    P.S.: Ahem Govind sir! Don't forget you have some serious answering to do on the other thread. Don't slip away into silence just when we come to the most enlightening bit...

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  6. Shattering revelation.

    ?

    Paulette

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  7. "he who lives by the sword, dies by the sword". Apparently the party behind much of the mud-slinging against another Ashramite is now himself coming under scrutiny.

    If the facts stated here turn out to be factual it appears to be part of a criminal scheme to help businessmen avoid taxes to the Indian government, in return for donations. It may be worse depending on what happened to the money as it could be seen as a form of racketeering with someone on the other end pocketing huge amounts of cash. Clearly such activities are not consistent with membership in the Sri Aurobindo Ashram. Further, the engagement in commercial business appears to conflict with the Ashram goals as well. This certainly bears some scrutiny, and given the vehemence with which Sri Sraddhalu has attacked others, i guess he has to expect a similar energy when he comes under the lens.

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  8. Who has given you all an authority to speak about SR? Why are you posing as intellectuals? I doubt all of you are. Go to your psychic and ask who is who? First your psychic will show you your truth and then others. You guys are far from truth and juming up and down on the borders of false hood. Fools! False hood is very subtle, it plays around everywhere. You are trying to use the false and are being part of false. Don't rack your brain and give pain to your own psychic. These words.. do they allow you to medidate. If you are not interested in meditation, Divine or yoga... I am wasting my time convincing you.

    If you any one of you is serious, just drop all this and pay attention to your yoga. Mother will take care of SR and whoever. If necessary she will give you the vision of SR's or whosoever's truth.

    Remove negativity from your ownself first. Then Divine will use you for his fight in the world. Don't be self-appointed warriors without a command from Divine. That is not the yoga of Gita. Don't be foolish in thinking that you are Arjun. It's a long way to go.

    Quieten your mind to see the truth. Don't just play around with thoughts.

    Has the Mother directly commanded you to attack SR or anyone? If "Yes" go on and we will see the result and if "No", be sensible.

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  9. sona singh gill says:

    January 5, 2011 at 8:54 am
    Lets see the case now. If you are doing the work of CBI, why can’t I do it.

    1. Is there any evidence of involment of Ranade in this matter?
    If someone you know or don’t know does a crime (even we are not sure that “iceberg” is a criminal. If he was doing Divine’s work. He is not!) are you responsible. If you are proved wrong in writing this article, I am sure you will not take up the responsiblity. Why should SR take other’s responsibility.

    2. ” What has Shraddhalu to do with this?” LOL! Are you asking the public or instigating them towards someone. Malacious act!

    3. I ask you what is your grudge with SR? Did he do something bad to you or may be did not satisfy your ego.

    4. I think you should find a job for yourself. In this manner you will never earn money and will remain unemployed. Don’t waste time over internet like this.

    5. Are you paid to insult good people? There are surely some people behind you who have a grudge with Ranade.

    6. The introductory paragraph is baseless. It clearly shows that you don’t have an inkling of the Peter Heehs matter.

    7. You are basing you argument on Media report which itself is doubtful. Silly stuff!

    8. You have written “what has Shraddhalu to do with this and just simply provided some infomation below it?” If I type your name and address below it what will people understand. Ooops! A poor and small article writer in a rich and big scam. What a method of research and clubbing up of facts, just to fool the public or fool yourself.

    9. Let me make an online profile in your name and then lets see what we get. xyzee article writer trying to throw dust here and there and landing in a puddle.

    10. Oh! There are some google adds below. Each click will bring at least a dollar and in the mean time you can sip beer, whisky, brandy- Oh! sorry desi daroo in the bar.

    I think I am wasting my time.

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  10. Sona Singh Gill says:
    January 6, 2011 at 10:47 am
    Do you know why they are after SR? Read this-

    http://www.thelivesofsriaurobindo.com/2008/10/introduction.html

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  11. Sona Singh Gill says:
    January 6, 2011 at 10:51 am
    SRI AUROBINDO ASHRAM TRUST

    It is unfortunate that certain rumours are being circulated that the Sri Aurobindo Ashram Trust is in some way endorsing, supporting or promoting the book “The Lives of Sri Aurobindo” by Peter Heehs. We would like to re-iterate what has been our consistent stand since October 2008 namely:

    “Sri Aurobindo Ashram Trust does not approve and has nothing to do with the book entitled “The Lives of Sri Aurobindo” written by Peter Heehs and Sri Aurobindo Ashram Trust is not in any way responsible for the contents or the interpretations of the material contained therein….”

    This is to re-affirm that the stand of the Ashram Trust has been consistent and has remained unchanged. The book is not sold from any department of the Ashram.

    The Sri Aurobindo Ashram Trust is fully aware of its responsibilities and its actions are determined keeping in view the vision and values it is meant to uphold.

    For The Board of Trustees
    [Signed: Manoj Das Gupta]
    Seal: MANOJ DAS GUPTA
    Managing Trustee
    Sri Aurobindo Ashram Trust
    Pondicherry
    23.09.2010

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  12. To Sona Singh Gill:

    You ask: "If you are doing the work of CBI, why can’t I do it."

    Because you are not smart enough to belong to the KGB. And let me give you some advice: why don't you ask your dear guru Rasputin II how he launders black money. In fact, probably if there is any transformation that Rasputin II has ever achieved it must be the transformation of black money to white and even invisible money.

    A.A.D.

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  13. Now there is anyonymous CBI. It is clear that you have not understood the logic of the words.
    I request the ghost to come forward and be a man and then we can talk of transformation. How much transformation is in you; as you have chosen to speak anonymously. You seem to be a phantom inspired by Devil.

    How do you know he is laundaring money? Did you go for a party at his house?

    Can you give me one name who (leave the masters) has achieved transformation?

    You are speaking with an authority as if you have achieved it. This is the lower nature. I hope you can identify lower nature. If not then what's the use of talking to you.

    Why are all your minds after money?

    If you are a sensible person, first try to understand the arguments I have put. But your response shows no such possibility.

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  14. So the BIG question: ARE THE ACTIONS OF SRADDHALU IN CONNECTION WITH THE BOOK A SMOKESCREEN TO COVER UP HIS PAST AND PREVENT THE TRUSTEES FROM TAKING ACTION AGAINST HIM AND EXPELLING HIM FOR VARIOUS, PH-UNRELATED, DISCIPLINARY LAPSES?

    No it is rather the reverse. The events which took place now are the outcome of the rage of people who are against him.

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  15. I have already shown the letter to you above which explains why this happened.

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  16. Dear Govind, the incident itself is not clear and your are coming to conclusions.

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  17. To Sona Singh Gill:

    Let me give you credit when it is due because you are smart and have hit the nail on the head.

    The real question indeed is:
    ARE THE ACTIONS OF SRADDHALU IN CONNECTION WITH THE BOOK A SMOKESCREEN TO COVER UP HIS PAST AND PREVENT THE TRUSTEES FROM TAKING ACTION AGAINST HIM AND EXPELLING HIM FOR VARIOUS, PH-UNRELATED, DISCIPLINARY LAPSES?

    Now, in case you don't think that this is the real question, please try answering this simple question:
    Is it proper and right for a member of the SA Ashram to start a private tv channel and run other commercial activities without informing or taking permission from the Ashram Trust, let alone offering the proceeds of those activities?

    We will deal with SR's guilt complex and smokescreens later.

    A.A.D.

    P.S. About my anonymous identity, why should it matter to you? I don't know you so why do you want to know me? You should be more concerned about my thoughts, observations and words rather than focusing on who they are coming from. If you are making an issue about my anonymity, it shows that you are unable to really answer my questions and that you are raising another smokescreen to try avoid my questions.

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  18. LOL! Don't try to raise a smoke screen by just saying that others are raising it.

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  19. The real question indeed is:
    ARE THE ACTIONS OF SRADDHALU IN CONNECTION WITH THE BOOK A SMOKESCREEN TO COVER UP HIS PAST AND PREVENT THE TRUSTEES FROM TAKING ACTION AGAINST HIM AND EXPELLING HIM FOR VARIOUS, PH-UNRELATED, DISCIPLINARY LAPSES?

    THIS IS A FALLACIOUS ARGUMENT. WILL SOME ONE TARNISH HIS IMAGE TO SAVE HIMSELF A BLAME. NO, ONE WOULD TRY TO DO SOME GOOD WORK NOT A BAD ONE.

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  20. Well, Sona Singh wanted to meet some courageous and mentally sound people. Well, leave it.

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  21. Why don't you ask him directly? Are you afraid?

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  22. Go to him and tell him that he should consult you in these matters and take your advice. What jealousy you have with him guys?

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  23. I am enthralled by the magnificent postings of Sona Singh, alias Prof Kamal Das’s alter ego and genius. I wonder whether this momentous novelist, rather than being SR/JB, as many believe, is in fact their staunch enemy. The two fiction-products above mentioned are the greatest disservice that can be done to the illustrious person called SR & his pals.

    Whoever the author is, the scintillating humor emanating from these fictitious creatures makes the reading of their grotesque outbursts a momentous experience, for sure conducive to the pinnacles of yoga. Very rewarding indeed.

    The Fool

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  24. "Anonymous entities attacking known persons is thus an anomaly. This practice is unethical, unfair, and absolutely uncalled for. To indulge in such a misdeed in the name of fighting for The Mother is doubly detrimental. The next generation is learning so many new principles of spirituality from the current animosity and let this not be one more. [TNM]
    Posted by Tusar N Mohapatra at 6:07 PM "

    Mr Anonymous, I am quoting you for you. These are your own thoughts on Kamla Das and this is your behavior with SR. We can see your psychology through your anonymous theory of anonymous psychology but I am not posting at anonymously. Anyway I do not like to deal with such feminine characters who post anonymously.

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  25. http://www.thelivesofsriaurobindo.com/

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