Neha Madaan writes in The Times of India on December 15, 2013:
PUNE: The Koregaon Park police station has issued a notice to the Osho International Meditation Resort/Osho Ashram administrators and trustees asking them to produce the will of their spiritual mentor after a set of followers filed an FIR against them alleging that the will is forged. The followers have alleged the administrators created a forged will to use the rights and income from Osho’s intellectual property.
City-based Osho Friends Foundation lodged an FIR earlier this week against six administrators of Osho Ashram, alleging that they produced a forged will, dated ‘October 15, 1989, Poona’, of the spiritual mentor Osho, bearing his fake signature. Koregaon Park police officials said they have issued a notice to the ashram authorities to produce the original copy of the will.
The police have booked the case under sections 465, 467 and 471 of the IPC that pertain to ‘punishment for forgery’, ‘forgery of valuable security, will’ and ‘using as genuine a forged document’.
Ramakant Shinde, assistant police inspector, Koregaon Park police station, confirmed that an FIR had been lodged in this regard. “We issued a notice three days ago to the ashram management asking them to produce the will that the complainants have mentioned in the FIR. We are still investigating and will also ask government-approved handwriting experts to analyse the signature on the will for verification,” said Shinde, adding that the police is still waiting for a response from the Osho International Meditation Resort’s management.
In the police complaint, Yogesh Thakkar alias Swami Prem Geet on behalf of Osho Friends Foundation, Pune, has alleged that three signature experts in Italy, Aurangabad and Delhi had found Osho’s signature on the will fake. He has further alleged that the will was created to use the rights and income from Osho’s intellectual property worth millions.
Thakkar told TOI that the will was presented by the administrators in a Europe court in June 2013. “The will was prepared in Pune and was presented by the trustees before the court 23 years after Osho’s demise. As per the will they produced, all six administrators are authorized to use the rights and income from Osho’s intellectual property. If indeed it was Osho’s will, why was it not produced in the 2009 US court case, where their claim over Osho’s trademarks was dismissed,” said Thakkar.
Currently, cases are pending against six administrators and others in Bombay high court as well as in the courts of Europe. While the case pending in a Europe court is to declare the alleged forged will as null and void, the one in Bombay HC has sought an inquiry into alleged illegal transfer of funds by administrators.
Thakkar said the administrators are part of the management of the Osho International Foundation (OIF), Zurich and Mumbai.
When TOI contacted Mukesh Sarda, one of the administrators at the Osho International Meditation Resort, he refused to comment saying that the matter is sub-judice.
Update: Also other leading papers such as Deccan Herald, Business Standard, Dainik Bhaskar, Prabha Sakshi and Nava Bharat Times are also carrying this news on 17th December 2013.