Alisha Alexander, (deceased) (sannyas name: Vivek, later known as Nirvano) the main caretaker of Osho, destroyed the purported Osho’s original will, the Bombay high court was told on Wednesday, in the latest development in this case.
The court was hearing a petition filed by Osho disciple Yogesh Thakkar complaining about lack of police action on his allegation that much money were being siphoned off by the current Osho Foundation, on the basis of a forged will.
Mukesh Sarda, one of the accused, booked by Koregaon Park police on the basis of Thakkar’s complaint, has filed an affidavit claiming Alisha Alexander, who was also known as ‘Ma Nirvano’, actually destroyed Osho’s last will.
Sarda has filed the affidavit through his lawyer, advocate Sudeep Nargolkar, pursuant to earlier direction of the division bench of justice Ranjit More and justice Sadhana Jadhav, asking him to disclose the name of the caretaker, who according to him destroyed Osho’s last will.
Thakkar’s lawyer, advocate Pradip Havnur, however questioned the truthfulness of the disclosure saying the caretaker expired before Osho breathed his last. He alleged that the accused persons were now trying to pass the buck on to a deceased person. According to Thakkar, Alexander died 40 days before Osho’s death. Whilst this is true, it does not undermine the story, as many who knew Vivek knew her as fiery.
Thakkar, a Pune resident, complained that though the Koregaon Park police station has registered an offence four years back, on the basis of his complaint regarding forgery of the will and diversion of funds of Osho Foundation, no steps had been taken by the police to probe the allegations.
In the complaint, Thakkar had alleged that the will, which surfaced 23 years after Osho’s death, was fake.
He claimed that those close to the guru did not let a doctor present there examine him but asked him to issue a death certificate. In support of his claim, the petitioner has annexed an affidavit by Dr Gokul Gokani, who was present in Osho ashram on the day of his death.
It is not immediately obvious why the question of the destroyed will has been brought up by Mukesh. If the story is true, how does this help, or not help, to explain the emergence of the disputed will on which both parties are quarreling.
The next hearing in the case is slated for October 10 when the HC will hear submissions from the Central Bureau of Investigations (CBI) with regards to taking up investigations into the disputed will case.