Information garnered from various Indian newspapers by SannyasNews, 15th Dec, 2013
The Pune police station has issued a notice to the Osho International Meditation Resort and Trustees asking them to produce the original copy of Osho’s will following legal action by disaffected followers claiming it is forged.
Osho Friends Foundation lodged an FIR earlier this week against six administrators of the Resort, alleging that they produced a forged will, dated ‘October 15, 1989, Poona’, of Osho, bearing a fake signature. Police officials said they have issued a notice to the ashram authorities without prejudice 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, Pune 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 should it be received”. However the police say they are still waiting for a response from the Osho International Meditation Resort’s management.
In the complaint to police, Yogesh Thakkar alias Swami Prem Geet has alleged that three signature experts, one in Italy, and the others in Aurangabad and Delhi, considered the signature on the will was faked, though it is noticeable that the police will also employ their own experts should the matter be forwarded.Thakkar told the Times of India that the will was presented by the administrators in a European Court in June 2013. He added by way of argument that if indeed it was Osho’s will, why was it not produced in a previous 2009 US court case, where the claim over Osho’s trademarks was dismissed.
“When the Resort/Ashram in Pune was contacted someone calling himself Mukesh Sarda came on the line and said the Foundation would not comment save to say the matter was sub-judice.