This week a court was again hearing a petition filed by Yogesh Thakkar in India, complaining, in his opinion, of embezzlement of funds by Osho Estate Trustees, and violations under FEMA (Foreign Exchange Management Act), by allegedly using, he says, a forged will of Osho.
According to Thakkar, a document stated to be Osho’s last will and testament surfaced in legal proceedings in Spain, 23 years after his death. A photocopy of that document was subjected to forensic examination and was found, according to him, to be forged, though others dispute this.
On Tuesday, the bench appreciated CBI’s stand saying the matter was required to be investigated by the agency, as “there are international ramifications”. It has, however, decided to wait for the outcome of the letter rogatory sent by the local police to the Spanish court seeking copy of the purportedly forged will.
The decision came after the judges perused a status report in sealed cover submitted by the Enforcement Directorate (ED), which is also conducting parallel investigation into the alleged embezzlement of Osho trust funds.
On August 12, another bench had ordered that the RBI and ED be made respondents in the petition. The petitioner has accused Osho International Foundation (OIF), Switzerland, and trustees Mukesh Sarda, Michael Byrne, John Andrews, D’Arcy Byrne and Klaus Steeg of allegedly defrauding the Indian Osho trusts of crores of rupees.
The petitioner has also demanded that a police complaint pending before the economic offences wing (EOW), Mumbai, dated February 9, be registered as an FIR and that the Foreign Exchange Management Act, 1999 be invoked to look into this “multi-million dollar fraud”.
Thakkar does seem obsessed by this matter, and presumably has considerable monies of his own to pursue the matter. Some of his claims seem journalistic to say the least.