Here's a Bloomberg story from February that escaped my notice until a Google search brought it to my attention yesterday. Someone mentioned the story in a March comment, but I didn't read it in full until now.
Download Indian Tycoon Accuses Brother and Spiritual Guru of Fraud - Bloomberg
Those of us who've been associated with Radha Soami Satsang Beas for many years (35, for me) are marveling at the fact that the current RSSB guru, Gurinder Singh Dhillon, is the subject of a criminal complaint being investigated by the New Delhi police.
This is a fact that I don't recall seeing in other stories about Malvinder Singh's complaint against his brother (Shivinder), Dhillon, family members of the guru, and several close associates of the guru.
Sure, defenders of the guru like to say that so far he hasn't been convicted of a crime.
But that's a really low ethical standard for a a guru who supposedly is God in Human Form, according to the RSSB teachings. No previous RSSB guru has been accused of massive financial fraud and making a death threat.
Not even close to anything like that.
And part of the criminal complaint alleges that Gurinder Singh Dhillon was willing to sell his position as guru to Shivinder in return for Shivinder forgiving the money owed by the guru.
How anyone can see this guy as a "spiritual" leader baffles me. He's used his position as RSSB guru to enrich himself and his family, while failing to take responsibility for his unethical actions.
It'll be interesting to see what happens with the investigations into financial wrongdoing that benefitted Dhillon and his family. In my opinion, it's likely that Dhillon was involved in the scheming that funneled money into shell companies once controlled by the guru's family and associates.
I could be wrong, though. Just as those who say "The guru can do no wrong" also could be wrong.
Here's a screenshot of the story's headline, and excerpts from it. I've boldfaced parts relating to the guru.
Former Indian billionaire Malvinder Singh has filed a criminal complaint accusing his younger brother of siphoning funds from their family holding company and fraudulently diverting them to a renowned spiritual guru, the latest twist in the unraveling of a $2 billion empire.
Shivinder Singh allegedly directed the holding company to acquire debt-ridden firms which collectively lent 10 billion rupees ($140 million) to the family and associates of their guru, Gurinder Singh Dhillon, according to a complaint filed to the Economic Offenses Wing of the New Delhi police seen by Bloomberg. In return, the younger Singh was promised he would succeed the guru as head of one of India’s most powerful spiritual sects, according to the document.
The public fight between the former billionaire brothers follows the collapse of one of India’s most storied business families that once controlled the nation’s top drugmaker and second-largest hospital chain. The siblings have lost much of their corporate empire to debt, and are still being chased by creditors. Meanwhile, India’s stock market regulator and fraud office have open investigations into wrongdoing at companies the brothers used to run.
New Delhi police have opened an investigation into the complaint, said a police official. A criminal prosecution would be pursued if the probe establishes criminality, he said. Malvinder and Shivinder have declined to comment on the allegations in the criminal complaint. The brothers have previously denied any wrongdoing at their companies.
Dhillon’s lawyer and the secretary of his spiritual sect did not immediately respond to text messages seeking comment on behalf of the guru and his family members referenced in the allegations.
The criminal complaint alleges that the 43-year-old Shivinder “initiated” as well as “permitted this siphoning and malfeasance of funds entrusted to him with the ulterior motive of gaining ultimate control of the seat of the spiritual head of the Radha Soami Satsang Beas,” promised to him by Dhillon. The spiritual sect, founded almost 130 years ago and based on a commune in north India, boasts four million followers worldwide.
...In his criminal complaint, Malvinder claims Dhillon had threatened him to sign a settlement absolving the guru of any wrongdoing and abstaining from any legal or criminal action against the spiritual leader. Malvinder alleges Dhillon, through his lawyer, told the tycoon he "would be eliminated by persons from the Radha Soami Satsang Beas," if he did not proceed as demanded, according to the complaint. The elder Singh claims he has recordings of these threats and is "fearful for his life."
Besides Shivinder and Dhillon, the complaint also names as references Dhillon’s wife, his two sons, and four alleged associates in the allegations.