The Bombay High Court Wednesday directed the deputy commissioner of police (crime), Pune, to supervise investigations relating to an FIR lodged in 2013, which alleged that the will of spiritual teacher Osho was forged. The court pulled up the Pune police for delaying the probe into the matter. The court was informed that the police had sent the will in dispute to handwriting experts for verification in 2014, but the report was yet to be received. “It has been two years. You have not received the report and have not done anything about it,” asked Justice Naresh Patil.
The petition was filed by Yogesh Thakker, managing trustee of charitable trust Osho Friends Foundation, through his advocate Pradeep Havnur. The petition was to seek transfer of this case to the CBI. The petition claimed that the accused persons were administrators and trustees of Osho Rajneesh Ashram located at Koregaon Park, Pune. “The accused are siphoning off income and articles of Osho and said Trust fetching revenues worth millions of dollars per annum outside the country,” it said. “A grievance has been made by the petitioner in the FIR filed on December 18, 2013. The petition raises question about Osho’s will. We direct the DCP of Pune to conduct investigations. The investigating officer should take instructions from the DCP,” said the judge.
The petition said, “All the accused have conspired together and dishonestly and fraudulently created this false document purporting to be the will of Osho dated October 15,1989 with intent to support a false claim or title to the intellectual properties of Osho as it is obvious that the accused are the beneficiaries of the gains yield from the properties of Osho through their private companies.”
It further claimed that all accused persons except one were working as Benami Trustees along with their conspirators. “The conspirators are trustees who are directors and shareholders of various companies through which they are successfully siphoning off income rightfully belonging to the said Trusts in India to Switzerland, US, Ireland and Europe,” stated the petition. The matter has been kept for hearing on August 12.