Updated: August 13, 2016 1:34:19 am
The Bombay High Court on Friday told the police in Pune to obtain the original will of spiritual teacher Osho, which according to a FIR filed in 2013 had been submitted during court proceedings in Spain.
The court was hearing a petition filed by Yogesh Thakker, who is the managing trustee of Osho Friends Foundation, a charitable trust through his advocate, Pradeep Havnur, who claimed that Osho’s will had been forged.
The petition claimed that the accused persons were administrators and trustees of Osho Rajneesh Ashram located at Koregaon Park, Pune. “The accused are siphoning income and articles of Osho and said trusts are fetching revenues worth millions of dollars per annum outside the country,” said the petition.
The court had during the last hearing directed the Deputy Commissioner of Police (crime), Pune, to supervise investigations relating to an FIR filed in 2013, alleging forging of will of Osho. On Friday, it directed the investigating agency to obtain the original will by seeking the help of their counterparts in Spain.
The court directed the Reserve Bank of India and the Directorate of Enforcement to be made party in the matter after the petitioner pointed to a letter written by him to the RBI in April 2015 on the alleged illegal transfer of millions of copy rights and trademarks to Switzerland, US and Europe.
In response to this letter , the RBI had said that since this matter was in reference to Foreign Exchange Management Act, the power of investigation was vested with the DoE and it was referring the letter to the DoE for action.
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