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Prasad sisters defy SC’s order, claim lack of funds and attract a deserved warrant

October 18, 2014

Would anyone with the minimum quantum of brains ever believe that the five Prasad sisters, who have demonstrated to have enough resources, financial or other, to pay for the topmost lawyers in India for their defense in the country’s highest Court, could absent themselves from the Supreme Court’s hearing on 13th October ’14 because they allegedly lacked funds to pay for their “tickets, boarding and lodging” from Puducherry to New Delhi?

We are serious! This is not being made up!! This IS really the ridiculous excuse that the five Prasad sisters expected the judges of the Honourable Supreme Court to accept!!!

On 13th October ’14, the five Prasad sisters deliberately failed to appear in front of the Supreme Court following contempt of court notices that were sent to them. Not only did they not show up, but their lawyers or representatives didn’t show up either. The assistant registrar of the court reported that “A letter has been received from all the respondents stating therein that they have received the notice on September 22 and are ready to appear before the honourable court but they have no money or income to pay for their tickets, boarding and lodging.

It is reported that the Supreme Court judges hearing the case were baffled by one of the most lame excuses that they must have ever heard in their long legal careers. But we cannot be baffled because this was only to be expected as their legal struggle was built upon a foundation that was made up of a quicksand of lies. It was also not too long ago that the Madras high court, which directed the sisters to leave the ashram by September 2, 2012, had also found them guilty of contempt of court after they described its order as illegal. But the court let them off after they filed a written memorandum of apology.

This time however, apologies will not get them out of trouble. Justices Sudhansu Jyoti Mukhopadhaya and S.A. Bobde, while hearing the contempt of court petition filed by the Sri Aurobindo Ashram Trust, directed the superintendent of police to execute its order and posted the matter for further proceedings on December 2.

In their order dated October 13 the judges said “In spite of service of notice, respondents have not filed affidavit nor appeared in the court. In the circumstances, we issue bailable warrant against alleged contemnor respondents. Copy of this order be forwarded to superintendent of police, Puducherry, for execution of the court’s order.

If the five Prasad sisters thought that their perverted mischief, initiated some 12 years ago, by abusing the country’s legal systems to execute their personal vendetta against an innocent and benevolent Ashram, was going to be without consequences, it must be starting to dawn on them that the walls of a prison cell in the Tihar jail at the onset of a frigid Delhi winter is a possibility that is drawing ever closer.

In the meanwhile, Raman Reddy, Sraddhalu Ranade, R.Y. Deshpande and their other anti-Ashram elements who have tried to milk and extract every possible opportunity from the case of the five Prasad sisters are sitting in their cosy homes, at the Ashram’s expense, and must be scheming about what is left in this case for them to exploit. The five Prasad sisters must be wondering why they are not “smart enough” to enjoy the same luxury!

To know more (or less), the following article can also be read:

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PUDUCHERRY, October 18, 2014

BOSCO DOMINIQUE

SC issues warrant against Pondy sisters for defying its order

PUDUCHERRY: The Supreme Court has issued a warrant against five sisters, all inmates of Sri Aurobindo Ashram, for defying its orders to leave the premises by July 31 and for failing to appear before it on October 13 following contempt of court notices to them. The sisters — Jayashreee Prasad, Arunashri, Rajyashree, Nivedita and Hemlata — have been litigating against the ashram for over a decade alleging harassment.

Justices Sudhansu Jyoti Mukhopadhaya and ?S A Bobde, while hearing a contempt of court petition filed by the Sri Aurobindo Ashram Trust, directed the superintendent of police to execute its order and posted the matter for further proceedings on December 2. “In spite of service of notice, respondents have not filed affidavit nor appeared in the court. In the circumstances, we issue bailable warrant against alleged contemnor respondents. Copy of this order be forwarded to superintendent of police, Puducherry, for execution of the court’s order,” they said in their order dated October 13.

The court refused to buy the argument of the sisters that they were ready to appear before it but had no money to pay for their tickets, boarding and lodging. The SC assistant registrar, in an office report, said the contempt notice had been served to the women by Speed Post and through the district court. He said the service report had been received from the district court with endorsement, ‘Alleged contemnors 1 to 5 served in person’. “A letter has been received from all the respondents stating therein that they have received the notice on September 22 and ready to appear before the honourable court but they have no money or income to pay for their tickets, boarding and lodging,” the assistant registrar said in his report.

Baffled over the strange reason for not appearing before the Supreme Court, some ashram inmates wondered how the sisters had engaged a highly paid law firm to represent them so far. “It is now evident that these misguided siblings are mere tools of some groups or individuals nurturing hatred towards the ashram and attempting to tarnish the image of the spiritual organization,” said an inmate.

In April, the Supreme Court directed Jayashreee Prasad and her sisters, hailing from Bihar, to vacate the ashram premises by July 31. However, they failed to honour the court order and did not leave the premises. They continued to stay in the ashram even after the deadline, forcing the ashram to file a contempt petition.

The court issued a contempt notice on September 15 to the sisters, directing them to appear before it on October 13. It issued a warrant after they failed to appear before it.

This is not the first time the sisters have refused to comply with court orders. The Madras high court, which directed the sisters to leave the ashram by September 2, 2012, had found them guilty of contempt of court after they described its order as illegal. But the court let them off after they filed a written memorandum of apology.

The battle between the sisters and the trust began when a retired judge appointed by the Madras HC in 2002 to probe misconduct charges against Hemlata declared her guilty and recommended that the ashram initiate disciplinary action against her.

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– Well-wishers of Sri Aurobindo Ashram –

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7 Comments
  1. Houdini@siffy.com permalink

    Dear editor,

    How can someone say that the 5 legendary Prasad sisters do not have resources, when they are sitting on gold-mines. Not one but 2 gold mines: Sraddhalu Ranade and Jayant Bhattacharya. Surely these two have financed them all along.

    But I understand: they are short of resources because at last the world has realized that these two clowns are not not made of solid gold. At best they are only cheap imitation papier-mâché jewels.

    Yours respectfully,

    Houdini

  2. A well-wisher permalink

    One has to admire the uncompromising determination of the sisters. They want free accommodation, they get it, if not in the Ashram then in Tihar.

    • anirban permalink

      i don’t think the sisters want free accommodation as alleged by you. they are very much willing to render services as any other ashram inmate. By the way there are a couple of people in the ashram who render no services. find out how many such people exist.

      • Jeev permalink

        No of course they don’t want free accomodation. Having had a glimpse of the real world that awaits them as they get expelled from the Ashram, they are even willing to pretend to work for a couple of hours a day, a few days a week. This will also entitle them to get their “hard earned” food at the dining room, do whatever they want – like get part time jobs in their free time, especially in the evening – abuse the Ashram and then also go to court! It is true that with great examples like Sraddhalu around they might very well be led to believe that they will appear to be the most sincere, hardworking and devoted sadhikas of the Ashram.

        We are now waiting for someone to also tell us that not only are these 5 sisters saints, but that if they are expelled from the Ashram, the institution will suffer an irreparable loss.

  3. anirban permalink

    Merely because they were represented by a top lawyer it does not necessarily mean that the 5 sisters are people of means. There are a lot of expensive lawyers who litigate free of cost. Ram for example makes money from 10% of his clients.

    • Jeev permalink

      Anirban,
      You also ought to know that lawyers who litigate for free are very particular about the genuineness of a case. They will not represent fraudsters like the 5 sisters . Let these siblings try and get Ram to represent them and then we will see!
      Trying to tell us that the country’s topmost and most expensive lawfirm Amarchand & Mangaldas & Suresh A Shroff & Co are known for their charitable work is like telling us that the you know who are the best examples of virginity.
      LOL!!!

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