Have a read of this...
From dpmeg (David Paul) on:
Sathya Sai Baba Discussion Club, message 1292:
Date: 11/28/00 10:55 a.m.
Whilst still waiting for the India today article
I browsed through their section under 100 people who helped shape India in the 20th century and found this:
Sathya Sai Baba (BORN 1926): For the thousands of devotees who gather every morning at Prasanthi Nilayam at Puttaparthi in Andhra Pradesh, a glimpse of 'Baba' is all that it takes to make a difference, erasing in that fleeting second the pain, the miseries of their mortal lives. But to the detractors of Sathyanarayana Raju -- at the age of 14 he claimed he was the reincarnation of Shirdi Sai Baba -- it is one of the most frequently enacted frauds. They are quick to recall the 1993 attempt to assassinate him, saying his miraculous powers stood exposed since he could not anticipate the attack. But whether he is supernatural or not does not matter. His extensive community work is what sets him apart. Besides schools and colleges, he has set up hospitals for the poor and helped transform entire villages
I found this here: (note from firstname.lastname@example.org on 11-02-01: Sai Baba has been removed from the list by India Today)
well not much but something at least that suggests they know he's a fraud and also isn't it quite common for a peadophile to be upstanding in any community