CBI to be roped in for investigation into Osho will fraud case

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CBI to be roped in for investigation into Osho will fraud case

Yogesh Thakker, an Osho follower and a resident of Pune, had approached the court last year alleging that the Osho Guru's signature was forged in his will by the current trustees of the Osho International Foundation.

Bombay High Court today directed the petitioners seeking investigation into Osho's will to add CBI as respondent in a petition seeking probe by the agency into alleged fraud and misappropriation of funds of the trust run by late Osho Guru Rajneesh. After CBI is made a party to the case, notice will be issued to them.

Yogesh Thakker, an Osho follower and a resident of Pune, had approached the court last year alleging that the Osho Guru's signature was forged in his will by the current trustees of the Osho International Foundation. It was in 2013 that an FIR was lodged concerning this and Pune Police has not done anything in the case according to petitioners. The petitioners themselves are thus seeking a CBI investigation into the case.

A division bench of Justices RV More and Sadhana Jadhav today directed Thakker's lawyer Pradeep Havnur to include the CBI and the Union government as a respondent in the petition.

"We have to hear the CBI also since you are seeking a probe by them. Issue notice to CBI. We wouldn't have to go thru this if you yourself had added CBI as a respondent," the court said while posting the petition for further hearing on September 27.

According to Thakker, the trustees allegedly transferred money from the trust to private companies owned by them. Osho guru Rajneesh passed away in 1990 and his will was prepared in 1989. Thakker alleged that the will was forged and supported his claim with a report of a private handwriting expert.

Prior to this, high court had earlier asked Enforcement Directorate (ED) to look into the case however ED had told the court that unless the police or CBI give some proof of money laundering to them they will not be able to do much and the issue was left hanging after that.

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