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SC issues contempt notice to the five, marauding Prasad Sisters

October 1, 2014

When the five Prasad sisters began their legal adventure against the Sri Aurobindo Ashram, they must have thought that they can have the cake and it it too. Realizing that they their individual vindictive actions against the Ashram were insignificant, they must have hoped that by approaching the courts and by using, more so abusing the legal systems, they might have succeeded in directing their vengeance against the Ashram. They must have naively hoped that by approaching institutions that are technically more powerful than themselves or the Ashram, this approach would have helped them execute their self-serving goals.

If their aim was to squat in the Ashram’s premises for as long as possible, bring disrepute to the institution of the Ashram and cast shadows of doubts on its founders, Sri Aurobindo and The Mother, they might consider themselves partially successful. For they have been able to exploit the Ashram’s resources for more than a decade, they have made it possible for the likes of Raman Reddy, Sraddhalu Ranade, R.Y. Deshpande and other anti-Ashram elements to use their bag of lies to influence people like Mr. Seshadri Chari or Tehelka to help them bring disrepute to the Ashram, and have made a mockery of Sri Aurobindo’s and The Mother’s spiritual quest by displaying that some of Their so-called disciples are not any different from the worst of humanity and are capable of some of the most vulgar and unethical behavior.

While the five Prasad sisters may draw personal satisfaction for their inglorious achievements, the legal machinations that they themselves trigerred, which have not only not given them any relief but have repeatedly found the sisters to be at fault, is slowly but certainly catching up with their serial history of wrong-doings. The hammer of justice is pounding ever so closely to the five marauding Prasad sisters. With the Supreme Court now issuing contempt notices to the five sisters, their selfish, sordid and destructive game is hopefully approaching its logical conclusion.


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PUDUCHERRY, October 1, 2014


SC issues contempt notice to five inmates of Aurobindo Ashram

For violating court order directing them to vacate the premises

The Supreme Court has issued notices to five women inmates of Sri Aurobindo Ashram seeking an explanation why contempt proceedings should not be initiated against them for alleged violation of its earlier order that directed them to vacate the premises.

The notice was ordered by the Bench following a contempt petition filed by Sri Aurobindo Ashram Trust for allegedly not vacating the premises as directed by the court.

The Supreme Court on April 29 this year directed the sisters – Jayashreee Prasad, Arunashri Prasad, Rajyashree Prasad, Nivedita Prasad and Hemalata Prasad – to vacate the ashram by July 31, maintain discipline in the premises and follow the rules and regulations as long as they stayed there.

The Bench had said that it would be open to the Sri Aurobindo Ashram Trust to initiate contempt proceedings against them if they failed to comply with the order. Earlier, the Madras High Court on June 21, 2010, ordered the sisters to stay outside the ashram.

However, they refused to comply with the order, describing it as illegal. The Ashram Trust then filed a contempt petition against them. The dispute can be traced back to 2002 when the ashram took disciplinary action against Hemalata Prasad based on a report by a commission headed by a retired judge, constituted by the Madras High Court.

The enquiry concluded that the “allegations against Hemalata is quite serious and if such misconduct is ignored and no action taken it would set a bad precedent and jeopardise the noble principles on which the ashram is established.”

Hemalata Prasad had challenged the report and filed a suit to restrain the ashram from taking action against her. Later the five sisters brought up a sexual harassment allegation against the ashram trust and other members.

The ashram maintained that the allegations were false and ill-motivated. The trust pointed out that the National Commission for Women and National Human Rights Commission had both independently found the complaints of the five sisters false.

The ashram maintained that the allegations were false and ill-motivated



PUDUCHERRY, October 1, 2014


Supreme Court issues contempt notice to 5 Aurobindo Ashram inmates for violating its order

The Supreme Court has issued a contempt notice to five sisters, all inmates of Sri Aurobindo Ashram here, for failing to comply with its order to vacate the ashram premises by July 31.

Justice Sudhansu Jyoti Mukhopadhaya and Justice Prafulla Chandra Pant, while hearing a contempt petition filed by Sri Aurobindo Ashram Trust, posted the matter to October 13 for further hearing.

The Supreme Court in April this year directed Jayashreee Prasad and her four sisters, Arunashri, Rajyashree, Nivedita and Hemlata, hailing from Bihar, to vacate the ashram by July 31. However, they failed to honour the court order and did not vacate the premises. They continued to stay on the ashram premises even after the deadline, forcing the ashram trust to approach the police.

The trust also filed a contempt petition before the court. In their petition, the ashram trust prayed the court to initiate contempt proceedings against the five sisters for “wilful violation of the order” and punish them for violation. The trust also sought the court to ensure compliance of its order with the help of all women police station.

“The respondents have not vacated the premises of the ashram trust. They are also intimidating other inmates creating acts of nuisance and indiscipline in spite of having full knowledge of the order that they shall maintain discipline in the ashram and follow the rules and regulations (until July 31),” said ashram trust advocate Anitha Shenoy.



– Well-wishers of Sri Aurobindo Ashram –


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