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Why isn’t India acting, ask Osho followers

Daily News and Analysis

Friday, 13 June 2014 - 8:07am IST | Place: Pune | Agency: DNA




Rajesh Rao

Pune: It seems that recent Swiss ruling suspending Osho International Foundation (OIF) board in Zurich, is a good news for all Osho lovers and sannyasins throughout the world.

The Osho disiciples hope that if the Swiss government can protect its interest by their recent ruling, suspending Osho International Foundation (OIF) board in Zurich, the India government should order an inquiry into the alleged misappropriation within Pune based Osho International Meditation Resort (OIMR)

In a recent Swiss ruling, the five member board of Zurich based OIF has been provisionally suspended and their signatory rights annulled, by the Federal Supervisory Board for Foundations (ESA), Switzerland.

Swami Prem Geet (Yogesh Thakkar), who has filed a petition in High Court last year against the alleged misdeeds of the trusts and trustees based in India, said, “The law, Charity Commissioner and Pune police have failed to act on time. Indian government is losing millions of dollars in revenue every year. We hope after the news from Switzerland, the Indian government should do the same.”

He said that the OIF board members are the same people who are running OIMR in Pune.

Another Osho disciple, Swami Prem Anadi (Kishor Rawal) said that the Indian trustees in foundation based in India are just a body of puppets acting on the directions of Zurich based OIF board.

Long time disciple of Osho, Sw Jagdish Bharti (Jagdish Gupta) said, “The Indian government can at least order an inquiry into the OIMR affairs based out of Pune and follow with an action if they find any misappropriations.” He said in the process Osho’s work should not get disturbed.

http://www.dnaindia.com/pune/report-why-isn-t-india-acting-ask-osho-followers-1995213

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Swiss govt order reaffirms Osho disciples’ faith

Pune Mirror

Pune Mirror | Jun 13, 2014, 02.30 AM IST



Osho sanyasis held a closed-door meeting in Koregaon Park on Thursday. Photo by Dhananjay Helwade

By: Kaumudi Gurjar

Sanyasis hope that action will now also be taken against members of OIF Pune for last year's infringement of IPR

The decision of the Swiss government to suspend the Zurichbased Osho International Foundation (OIF) board members and freeze their bank accounts after allegations of misappropriation of financial assets has reaffirmed the faith of Osho sanyasis in the city, making them optimistic that a similar decision will be taken here as well.

Since last year, Osho International Meditation Resort in the city has been rocked by allegations of intellectual property rights (IPR) infringement, but the matter is yet to be resolved.

The sanyasis, who held a closed-door meeting in Koregaon Park on Thursday, expressed hope that a time will come soon when they will be allowed to enter the Osho Samadhi without having to to remove prayer beads and wear only a particular kind of robe; other Osho disciples, who have been barred from entering the Ashram, are hoping that they will be given the opportunity soon.

Yogesh Thakkar alias Swami Premgeet said, "The nature of the crime committed in OIF Pune is similar to what had happened in Zurich. They have proved that the financial benefits of public charitable trust of OIF and Neosanyas Foundation were being transferred to private companies of trustees.

We have already filed an interim application at Mumbai Charitable Commissioner office in December 2011 and also filed a petition in Bombay HC last June." Buoyant because of the Swiss government's move to dissolve the board of management, Swami Anandi alias Kishor Raval said, "We are certain that a similar order will be passed in India, which will put an end to exploitation of disciples and restore Osho's vision."

An Osho sanyasi, who did not want to be named, told Mirror,"We are already looking for an alternative plan of action to run the Ashram in a transparent manner, in anticipation that a similar decision will be taken here as well."

Another Osho sanyasi, Ma Bodhipratima, said, "I am hopeful the Ashram will be soon open for all to dance, sing and meditate."

Meanwhile, Ma Amrit Sadhana, spokesperson of OIF, Pune, said, "I am not aware about this meeting." Reacting about the positivity among sanaysis that a similar order will be passed in India, she said, "I can comment only after the court order comes through."

http://www.punemirror.in/pune/others/Swiss-govt-order-reaffirms-Osho-disciples-faith/articleshow/36451247.cms

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Osho’s Swiss copycat shut down


Pune Mirror

Pune Mirror | Jun 10, 2014, 02.30 AM IST



The Osho International Meditation Resort in Koregaon Park, Pune

By: Kaumudi Gurjar

Swiss Government dissolves Osho International Foundation after complaints of misappropriation of funds by its board members

Trouble has been brewing within the walls of the Osho International Meditation Resort in the city since last year, after it was was rocked by allegations of intellectual property rights (IPR) infringement — but that matter is yet to see the light of the day.

On the flipside, it took just 12 days for the Swiss Federal Supervisory Board and Swiss Federal Department of Home Affairs to get their act together to provisionally suspend board members of Zurich-based Osho International Foundation (OIF), revoking their signatory authority and freezing their bank accounts.

The order was issued on June 2, following a complaint filed by Robert Doetsch alias Swami Ramteertha on May 20, against Zurich-based OIF president Michael O'Byrne, vice president John Andrew, and board members D'Arcy O'Byrne, Kaus Steeg and Rudolf Kocher, asking that they be removed from their posts for misappropriation of funds.

Last June, Pune-based Osho Friends Foundation filed a similar complaint in Bombay HC, demanding a probe in the illegal transfer of IPR to Zurichbased OIF. According to allegations against OIF trustees, a foundation by the same name had been created in Switzerland with a view to mislead people to believe it is an extension of the Pune-based headquarters.

Having a keen interest in preserving and protecting archives of Osho, Doetsch, a former board member of OIF, raised doubts on the infringements of OIF's objectives and misappropriation of financial assets, and had sought the dismissal of board members from their positions.

While issuing the order, the Swiss Supervisory Board pointed out potential conflicts of interest of OIF board members. The order stated that Michael O'Byrne and his brother D'Arcy O'Byrne are presumably financial beneficiaries of companies that directly profit from the marketing of the IPR of Osho's works.

The Bryne brothers also hold executive positions in all organisations involved in the marketing of Osho's works, including more than 650 book titles that have been translated in more than 65 languages globally, more than 9,000 hours of audio recordings of Osho talks, and more than 1,800 hours of videos and paintings by Osho.

Swami Premgeet alias Yogesh Thakkar, who had filed a petition in HC last year pointing out that parallel OIFs in Switzerland and UK possess no authority to store, sale and retain the proceeds out of Osho's IP works, told Mirror, "Switzerland has taken the appropriate step in protecting their interests.

When will the office of Charity Commissioner and HC take action to protect Osho's IPR, which is illegally transferred to Switzerland? The Indian government is losing millions of dollars in terms of royalties every year. For the first time, justice has been done in favour of the Osho community in the world at large."

Asked if the Zurich-based OIF would appeal against the order, Ma Amrit Sadhana, spokesperson of OIF headquarters based in Pune, said, "We are seeking legal advice from our lawyers for the future course of action." Swiss Federal Supervisory Board has decided to appoint attorney lic. Iur. Andreas G Keller to carry forward the trust's work.

NO DECISION ON 2013 IPR SCAM

The writ petition filed by Yogesh Thakkar and Kishor Raval in June last year questioned the parallel OIFs in in London and Zurich, which mislead disciples of Osho Rajneesh in believing that it is an extension of the Pune-based OIF headquarters.

Zurich-based OIF has claimed that Osho's work was transferred to them in 1980, but Thakkar and Raval suspect that only one trustee member had undersigned this transfer of IPR to Zurich.

After losing battle to retain trademark at United States Patent and Trademark office, the board members of OIF had produced a Osho Rajneesh's will which was later withdrawn from the court after three experts challenged its veracity.

As the said Osho's will was allegedly signed in Pune, Koregaon Park Police station had registered an offence against six members of OIF last December 8, but nothing has been done in this regard.

http://www.punemirror.in/pune/others/Oshos-Swiss-copycat-shut-down/articleshow/36312920.cms

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Swiss ruling suspends Osho International Foundation board in Zurich

Daily News and Analysis

Rajesh Rao, Tuesday, 10 June 2014 - 8:00am IST | Place: Pune | Agency: DNA

Five member board of Osho International Foundation (OIF) in Zurich has been condionally suspended and their signatory rights have been annulled, followed by an order passed on June 2 by the Federal Supervisory Board for Foundations (ESA), Switzerland.

Long time Osho disciple and editor at Osho World magazine, Swami Chaitanya Keerti, who had been waging a battle said, "Osho Friends International in Delhi, and some Osho Centers in USA and Europe have been challenging these 5 monopolizers, who got defeated in USA, and now the Swiss government has punished them. Osho disciples around the world are very annoyed and upset with the behaviour of these five members of OIF," he said.

Keerti said that the OIF board's President, Michael O'Byrne (Anand Jayesh), vice president John Andrews (Prem Amrito) and three other board members, D'Arcy O' Byrne (Yogendra), Klaus Steeg (Pramod) and Rudolf Kocher, were provisionally removed from their posts.

Speaking on the development, Amrit Sadhana, Management Team, Osho International Meditation Resort in Pune, said, "Whatever has happened, has happened in Switzerland and not in India. The matter is in court and sub judice, so I cannot comment. We are acting as per our legal advisor."

Keerti said it was high time the Indian government wakes up to the OIF misappropriations in India. "About 20 years ago, this so-called OIF of five people had created OIF out of India so that they could control everything belonging to Osho-- publications, Osho Meditation centers, and various activities of sanyasis around the world," he said.

Another Osho disciple, Sandeep Kulkarni said, "With the Swiss Federal Supervisory Board for Foundation's verdict, OIF Zurich stands dismissed and it is an urgent need for Indian government to dismiss all the Indian trustees and management of Pune-based International Meditation Resort. Passports of the trustees should be taken into the custody immediately.

http://www.dnaindia.com/pune/report-swiss-ruling-suspends-osho-international-foundation-board-in-zurich-1994568

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Osho samadhi should be open to followers


Sakaaltimes.com

January, 2014

Osho samadhi should be open to followers

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ओशो की फर्जी वसीयत मामले की जांच में पुलिस नाकाम

दैनिक जागरण, नई दिल्ली

1 जनवरी 2014

कौमुदी मुर्जर (मिड डे), मुंबई आध्यात्मिक गुरु ओशो का फर्जी हस्ताक्षर करके अरबों की संपत्ति की वसीयत अपने नाम से तैयार कराने वाले जिन विदेशियों पर मुकदमा हुआ है उसकी जांच में कोरेगांव पार्क थाने की पुलिस एक माह बाद भी नाकाम है। उनके पासपोर्ट और वीजा से जुड़ी जानकारी भी अभी विदेशी पंजीयन अधिकारी (एफआरओ) को नहीं दिया है। इसका नतीजा है कि उनका ब्योरा विदेश मंत्रालय को भी नहीं मिल रहा है। शिकायतकर्ता को डर है कि इस देरी से ओशो इंटरनेशनल मेडिटेशन रिसॉर्ट के छह में से तीन ट्रस्टी भारत से चले जाएगंगे और जांच बाधित होगी। योगेश ठक्कर उर्फ स्वामी प्रेमगीत ने पश्चिमी जगत में ओशो के नाम से चर्चित भगवान रजनीश का कथित रूप से फर्जी हस्ताक्षर कर वसीयत तैयार करके यूरोप की अदालत में पेश करने वाले छह ट्रस्टियों के खिलाफ कोरेगांव पार्क थाने में प्राथमिकी दर्ज कराई थी। वसीयत में उसे पूना में तैयार किया गया था ऐसा दावा है और उसके नीचे ओशो का कथित हस्ताक्षर है। विदेशी पंजीयन अधिकारी ने इस बात की पुष्टि की कि एक माह बीत जाने के बाद भी स्थानीय पुलिस ने उन विदेशी नागरिकों के पासपोर्ट और वीजा का ब्योरा उपलब्ध नहीं कराया है जिनके खिलाफ वसीयत प्रकरण में प्राथमिकी दर्ज कराई गई है। कोरेगांव के पुलिस इंस्पेक्टर मुलिक ने कहा कि स्वामी मुकेश सार्दा उर्फ स्वामी मुकेश को समन भेजा है लेकिन वह इस बात का जबाव नहीं दे पाए कि एफआरओ को ब्योरा क्यों नहीं भेजा गया? यूरोपीय संघ की अदालत में सुनवाई के दौरान जब यह वसीयत पेश की गई थी तो ओशो के अनुयायियों को बड़ा धक्का लगा था। तब स्वीमी प्रेमगीत ने माइकल ब्राने उर्फ स्वामी आनंद जयेश, डीआर्की ओ बार्नें उर्फ स्वामी योगेंद्र, फिलिप टोएलकेस उर्फ प्रेम निरेन स्वामी मुकेश भारती और क्लाउस स्टीग उर्फ प्रमोद के खिलाफ प्राथमिकी दर्ज कराई थी।




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'Police inaction will help forgers leave the country'


Mid-Day

January 10, 2014

Complainant Swami Premgeet fears that the three foreign nationals accused of forging Osho's will may flee India, as their passport details haven't been sent to the Foreign Registration Office

A month after an FIR was lodged by him on behalf of Osho Friends Foundation (OFF), Yogesh Thakkar alias Swami Premgeet fears that police laxity will hamper the course of investigation.


Where there’s a will... Complainants Swami Prem Anadi (left) and Swami Premgeet allege that police inaction will hamper the case. File Pic

Swami Premgeet had filed a complaint with the Koregaon police against six administrators of the Ashram and Osho International Meditation Resort, for allegedly forging spiritual Guru Osho’s signature and producing his fake will in the court of the European Union to claim the rights and income from Osho’s intellectual property worth crores of rupees.

On December 8, a case was registered under sections 465 and467, 471, and 120 (7) of the Indian Penal code, following which the police issued a notice to trustees asking them to produce the will.

Swami Premgeet alleges that Koregaon police officials have conveniently forgotten to provide the passport and visa details of the three foreign nationals booked in the case to the Foreign Registration Office (FRO).

As a result of this alleged lapse, their details could not be appended with the Ministry of External Affairs.

The complainant fears that this delay may help the three foreign nationals leave the country, thereby hampering investigations.

When MiD DAY contacted the FRO, an officer confirmed that even after a month the local police station has not shared the passport and visa details of the foreign nationals booked in the case.

The officer, on condition of anonymity, said, “It is true that Koregaon Park police station informed us about the offence being registered against the foreign nationals, but officials were unable to provide us crucial details such as nationality, passport and visa details of the persons involved in the crime.”

The officer added, “These details are essential so that they canbe shared with the Ministry of External Affairs so that the ministry can issue a look out notice to stop them from crossing the border.”

Deputy Commissioner of Police (FRO) Dr Rajendra Mane said that the information shared by his officer must be true, but refused to comment on the same.

The controversy

Spiritual leader Osho also known as Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh died in Pune on January 19, 1990. However, there was no mention of any will left behind by him in the press conferences held by the Osho trustees following his death. But, 23 years after his demise, a document was presented as Osho’s will by the trustees during court proceedings in the European Union. The typed will dated ‘Poona in 1989’ bearing Osho’s signature states that he is bequeathing all properties in his name, including ownership and publishing rights to Neo Sannyas International Foundation. Osho’s followers in India were alerted to this development in June, last year. Pune-based Osho Friends Foundation led by Yogesh Thakkar alias Swami Premgeet filed an FIR against six administrators -- Michael Byrne (O’Byrne) alias Swami Anand Jayesh, D’Arcy O’Byrne alias Swami Yogendra, Philip Toelkes alias Prem Niren, John Andrews alias Swami Amrito, Mukesh Sarda alias Swami Mukesh Bharti and Klaus Steeg alias Pramod -- alleging forgery.

The other side

Police Inspector Rejendra Mulik from Koregaon Park Police station, speaking to MiD DAY on Thursday, said that he has issued summons to Swami Mukesh Sarda alias Swami Mukesh. However, Inspector Mulik was unable to say why details were not shared with the FRO.

Police Inspector Shivaji Kamble of Koregaon Park Police station said, “The will in question dates back to 1989. Give us at least 24 days to investigate, and besides the will in question is not in India”

When MID DAY contacted Mukesh against whom Koregaon Park Police station issued summons yesterday, he refused to comment on the issue and said that the matter was sub judice.

http://www.mid-day.com/news/2014/jan/100114-pune-police-inaction-will-help-forgers-leave-the-country.htm

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Month after FIR, cops yet to arrest ashram administrators

Daily News and Analysis

Friday, Jan 10, 2014, 0:22 IST | Place: Pune | Agency: DNA

Even as a month has passed since two members of a city-based organisation Osho Friends Foundation have lodged a criminal complaint against six administrators of Osho Ashram in a case of alleged fraudulent will of Osho, Koregaon Park police are yet to make an arrest.

The police claim that they couldn’t find the six administrators when they visited their addresses. Hence, they served a notice and are waiting for them to turn up before the police.

On December 6, 2013, Osho Friends Foundation member Yogesh Thakkar alias Swami Prem Geet (53) of Anand Park in Koregaon Park had lodged a complaint with Koregoan Park police station against six administrators naming Michael Byrne alias Swami Anand Jayesh, D’Arcy O’Byre alias Swami Yogendra, Philip Toelkes alias Prem Niren, John Andrews alias Swami Amrito, Mukesh Kantilal Sarda alias Swami Mukesh Bharti and Klaus Steeg alias Pramod. All have been booked under the relevant sections of Indian Penal Code comprising punishment for forgery, forgery of valuable security, using as genuine a forged document, criminal conspiracy and an act done by them with common intention.

Speaking to dna, Thakkar said, “In November, we had filed an application of complaint asking Koregaon Police to register an offence and a month later the complaint was lodged. Till date no arrest has been made. Osho’s ‘will’ signed on October 15, 1989, was sent to three experts in Italy, Aurangabad and Delhi for technical examination and their reports had found the signature on the will as fake. The will was created to use the rights and income from Osho’s intellectual property worth millions.”

The other side...

Meanwhile, dna contacted Ma Amrit Sadhana, a member of the management team Osho International meditation resort, who refused to comment on the issue. She said, “We cannot comment as the matter is sub judice.”

http://www.dnaindia.com/pune/report-month-after-fir-cops-yet-to-arrest-ashram-administrators-1948289

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Cops summon Osho administrator

Times of India

Neha Madaan, TNN | Jan 10, 2014, 12.36 AM IST

PUNE: The Koregaon Park police on Thursday served summons to Mukesh Sarda, one of the administrators of the Osho International Meditation Resort (Osho Ashram), asking him to appear before them on Friday.

A first information report (FIR) was filed by a group of Osho's followers against the management alleging that the administrators had forged the will of their spiritual mentor to use the rights and income from Osho's intellectual property.

Rajendra Mulik, inspector (crime) of Koregaon Park police station, who is handling the case, said, "We have sent summons to Mukesh Sarda, who looks after all the work of the Osho Ashram in India. We are planning to talk to all the administrators whose names appear in the FIR, one by one. It is not possible to extract information from all of them at one go. I have asked Sarda to appear before us for inquiry on January 10 and am waiting for his response."

When TOI contacted Sarda, he said the matter was sub-judice and refused to comment any further.

Police officials told TOI that the administrators were facing a case in the US and standing trail in Spain over the copyrights of Osho's works. An allegedly forged will was produced in a Spanish court. "A group of Osho's disciples in India, who got to know of this, filed an FIR against some of Osho Ashram's administrators," said an official from the Koregaon Park police station.

Police are looking for the original of the forged will. "It was with one of the administrators in the US, from where it was submitted in the court proceedings in Spain. We are trying to recover the original which would be given to government-approved handwriting experts to analyse the signature for authenticity. We cannot analyse the signature from a photostat copy of the will which is currently with us," the official added.

Yogesh Thakkar (Swami Prem Geet) on behalf of Osho Friends Foundation, Pune, had filed the FIR. "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 that they have produced, all six administrators are authorized to use the rights and income from Osho's intellectual property. This will is forged because Osho never left behind a will in the first place." said Thakkar.

On December 8, city-based Osho Friends Foundation had filed an FIR against six administrators of Osho Ashram, alleging that they had produced a forged will of Osho, dated October 15, 1989, Poona, bearing his fake signature.

Koregaon Park police officials had issued a notice to the ashram authorities to produce the original copy of the will. Currently, cases are pending against the six administrators and others in the 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 high court has sought an inquiry into the alleged illegal transfer of funds of over Rs 300 crore by the trustees of Osho International Foundation in the names of their private companies.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/pune/Cops-summon-Osho-administrator/articleshow/28606285.cms

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Boxes auctioned for $10 could be compilation of Osho’s work

Indian Express

Pranav Kulkarni : Pune, Mon Dec 23 2013, 04:26 hrs

An attachment with the PIL throws light on how Osho's original works — his art, audio and videos — may have travelled to the US and were, in fact, auctioned at a mere $10 in December 2009. The attachment is a legal document by the Connecticut Superior Court dated May 17, 2011. While the present status of the case could not be traced, the works are yet to be reclaimed, stated the PIL.

According to the document titled Memorandum of decision on motion for summary judgment, based on assertions by plaintiffs Osho International Foundation (OIF) and American Multimedia Corporation, "the materials could conceivably constitute a compilation of the life and works of Osho".

According to the document, OIF — an international non-profit organisation — was formed to hold assets and perpetuate the teaching of Osho aka Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh, and American Multimedia is an Arizona Corporation owned and controlled by the foundation.

It also states that American multimedia was in contract with one Uncle Bob's Self Storage since 2001 where eight boxes of older audio visual equipment, such as a Betcam recorder, DAT audio player, a tape cassette, audio spool players regarding American Multimedia and its employees, unpublished original works of art and creative writings subject to international copyright laws "regarding the foundation, its founder and employees" were stored. Upon American Multimedia failing to pay the bills of Uncle Bob's between September and December 2009, Uncle Bob's auctioned these boxes, which were brought by one Brian O'Neill for $10. O'Neill is the defendant in the said case.

As per this document, till May 17, 2011, the foundation had failed to reclaim any of the material, which "could constitute compilation of Osho's life and works". O'Neill also apparently attempted to sell the property in the open market, states the document.

While claiming in the PIL that "in 2001, 96 huge boxes containing Osho's original audios, videos, books, paintings and some belongings and important documents were transported to the US and kept in some private ware house," Sandeep Kulkarni — who has filed the PIL — said "the works are still to be retrieved" and raised the question of how Osho's works went out of India in the first place.

Ma Amrit Sadhna, spokesperson of Osho Commune, refused to comment on the specific details of the PIL.

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/boxes-auctioned-for--10-could-be-compilation-of-osho-s-work/1210732/2

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Osho disciple files PIL in HC against ‘fund mismanagement’ in commune

Indian Express

Pranav Kulkarni : Pune, Mon Dec 23 2013, 04:21 hrs


Osho International Meditation Centre at Koregaon Park. File

Within days of the Pune Police registering an FIR against six of the present management committee members of the Osho Commune for allegedly forging Osho's will, Sandeep Kulkarni aka Zorba — an Osho disciple and member of the commune — has filed a PIL in Bombay High Court alleging mismanagement of funds by its present management committee by forming private companies. It also alleged that the committee has been biased towards Indians and bans people from entering the ashram in Koregaon Park — which is against Osho's preaching.

The PIL, which was filed on October 10, has nine of the present management committee members as respondents — Ma Gatha, head of Welcome Center; Ma Vatayana, Global Connection Department; Swami Jayesh aka Michel O'Brian; Swami Amrito aka George Meredith; Swami Yogendra aka D'arcy O'Brian; Swami Dhyanesh Bharti; Swami Mukesh Sarda; Ma Sadhana and Swami Devendra Deol.

The PIL, a copy of which is with Newsline, has alleged that the management has formed private limited companies in London, New York and Zurich, and royalty from Osho's books, audios and videos are siphoned off through them. The PIL has attached a list of 15 such companies from which, the applicant claims, at least three members of the present management committee are benefiting.

It may be noted that one Osho International Foundation (OIF) registered in Zurich, the parent body of the commune, claims to hold copyrights of Osho's published works, and legal battles have been fought, such as the Oshoworld.com case and trademark case in the US, challenging the claims of the foundation.

"The foundation, however, continues to challenge those who make use of the word Osho or his works on the Internet without its approval," said a former member of the commune.

The PIL alleged that the management is acting contrary to Osho's teachings, who said his words should reach the world as soon as possible. "Ma Gatha, Ma Vatayana and Swami Dhyanesh are restricting the entry of many seekers around the world. Now maximum sanyasins do not come to India and even Indian sanyasins keep away from the ashram. Slowly, the Rajneesh Ashram is becoming a private affair for 8-10 people," the PIL stated.

Kulkarni said, "Osho is the master of masters and his work should reach maximum people. The present management is acting contrary to Osho's teachings and thus not letting his work reach people. In my PIL, I have prayed for immediate dissolution of the management committee and appointment of new trustees. Nobody should be banned from the ashram except those who have committed serious offences. The fundamental right to enter the ashram should be protected."

Ma Amrit Sadhna, spokesperson of the Osho Commune, said: "The matter is sub judice. We cannot comment."

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/osho-disciple-files-pil-in-hc-against--fund-mismanagement--in-commune/1210730/

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Police Ke Ghere Men Osho Ka Pune Ashram

Aaj Samaj

17 December, 2013



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Police Ne Osho Ke Pune Ashram Se Unki Mool Vasiyat Mangi 

Bharat Mitra

17 December, 2013



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Pune Ashram Se Osho Ki Mool Vasiyat Mangi 

Dainik Savera

17 December, 2013



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Police Ne Osho Ke Pune Ashram Se Unki Mool Vasiyat Mangi 

Dakshin Bharat Rastramat

17 December, 2013



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Cops seek Osho's 'original' will

Deccon Chronicle

17 December, 2013



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Police Ne Mangi Osho Ki Mool Vasiyat 

Lokmat Samachar

17 December, 2013



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Osho Ki Vasiyat Ki Janch Hogi

NavbharatTimes

17 December, 2013



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Pune Ke Osho Asaram Se Mool Vasiyat Ki Mang

Yuva Shakti

17 December, 2013



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Osho Ki Mool Vasiyat Mangi Police Ne Pune Ashram Se

Jansatta

17 December, 2013



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Police seek 'original will' of Osho from his Pune ashram

The Statesman

17 December, 2013, New Delhi



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Mangi Osho Ki Mool Vasiyat

Rajasthan Patrika

17 December, 2013, New Delhi 



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Osho Ki Vasiyat Ke Liye Pune Ashram Ko Notice

Amar Ujala

17 December, 2013, New Delhi



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Cops demand 'original will' of Osho from Pune ashram

Hindustan Times

17 December, 2013, New Delhi



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Police Ke Ghere Men Osho Ka Pune Ashram

Aaj Samaaj

17 December, 2013, New Delhi



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Osho Ki Vasiyat Par Bawal

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17 December, 2013, New Delhi




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Osho Ashram

Telegraph

17 December, 2013

Pune (PTI): Police have issued a notice to the administrators of Pune’s Osho Ashrams asking them to produce the original will of the late spiritual leader. The notice was issued after a faction of his followers accused some of the trustee of forging the document to claim the right and income from Osho’s Properties worth Millions.

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Cops Ask Ashram to Produce Osho’s Will

Times of India

15 December, 2013

Neha Madaan| TNN

Some Disciples Allege His Sign Was Forged

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.

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Pune Ashram asked for Osho’s Original Will

Times of India

15 December, 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.

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  original  copy of the will. We are still investigating and will also ask government-approved handwriting experts to analyse the signature on the will for verification," said Shinde.

When TOI contacted Mukesh Sarda, one of the administrators at  Ashram, he refused to comment saying that the matter is sub-judice.

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Police Seeks 'Original Will' of Osho From Pune Ashram

Outlook

PUNE | DEC 16, 2013

Police has issued a notice to administrators of the city-based Osho Ashram asking them to produce original will of the late spiritual leader, after a faction of his followers accused some of the trustees by forging the document to claim the rights and income from Osho's intellectual property worth millions.

The notice was issued to authorities running the affairs of Osho International Meditation Resort situated at Koregaon Park here on an FIR lodged on December 8 by Yogesh Thakkar alias Swami Prem Geet on the behalf of Osho Friends Foundation (OFF), a rival group of Osho disciples.

The FIR accused six of the present administrators of the commune of preparing a fake will, dated October 15, 1989 by forging Osho's signature in order to claim the intellectual property rights of the mystique spiritual leader, whose literature is circulated worldwide.

The notice, issued four days back, has asked the trustees to produce relevant original documents.

However, police has not received any response from the Ashram authorities.

"We have not yet received a response to our notice from the Ashram authorities. We will be engaging government hand-writing experts to decide genuineness of the signature put on the will under reference," Koregaon police told PTI today.

The issue of Osho's legacy has remained alive even more than two decades after his demise in 1990.

Since his death, the legal tussle has been on between Osho Friends Foundation and Osho International Foundation (Zurich) over inheritance of Osho's intellectual and other properties, with litigations pending in various Indian and foreign courts.

Osho International Foundation (OIF) (Zurich) whose trustees--five foreigners and an Indian--are reportedly in charge of the affairs of the Pune ashram.

According to the complainant, the OIF produced the will in question in a European court where rival group of Osho disciples had filed a complaint in 2010, challenging OLF's claim over Osho's trademarks in a case, which is still pending.

The OFF also approached the Bombay high court earlier this year seeking an inquiry into the alleged illegal transfer of Osho's intellectual property rights.

Ashram authorities could not be reached for comments.

http://news.outlookindia.com/items.aspx?artid=821089

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ओशो की मौत के 23 साल बाद सामने आई यह 'वसीयत' मचा सकती है हंगामा!

भास्कर.कॉम

Dec 17, 2013, 14:07PM IST


पुणे। कुछ दिन पहले धर्मगुरु ओशो की मृत्‍यु के 23 साल बाद उनकी वसीयत सामने आई थी। ओशो की 1000 करोड़ से भी ज्‍यादा की संपत्ति पर हक जताने वाले लोग कोई और नहीं बल्कि उनके भक्‍त ही हैं। अब ट्रस्‍ट के ही दो गुट आमने-सामने आ गये हैं और मामला पुणे कोर्ट तक पहुंच गया था। भगवान रजनीश की 19 जनवरी 1990 को मृत्‍यु हो गई थी और उस वक्‍त किसी भी ट्रस्‍टी ने वसीयत के बारे में जिक्र नहीं किया था, लेकिन 23 साल बाद अचानक से यूरोपियन यूनियन कोर्ट के सामने ओशो की वसीयत रखी गई थी।

इस वसीहत ने ओशो की संपत्ति के मालिकाना हक की लड़ाई को नया मोड़ दे दिया था। ओशो के इस संपत्ति में उनका पुणे के कोरेगांव पार्क इलाके में बना 10 एकड़ में फैला विशाल आश्रम और उनके प्रवचनों के प्रकाशन से हो रही करोड़ों की आय शामिल है। ओशो की इस वसीयत के सामने आने के बाद उनके समर्थकों ने इसे एक फर्जी वसीयत बताते हुए इसके खिलाफ पुणे के कोरेगांव पार्क पुलिस थाने में मामला दर्ज करवाया है।


पुणे पुलिस ने इसी मामले में एक्शन लेते हुए ओशो आश्रम के प्रशासकों को नोटिस जारी करके उनसे ओशो की मूल वसीयत पेश करने के लिए कहा है। शहर के कोरेगांव पार्क स्थित ओशो इंटरनेशनल मेडिटेशन रिजोर्ट को यह नोटिस 8 दिसंबर को दर्ज करवाई गई एक प्राथमिकी के आधार पर जारी किया गया है। यह प्राथमिकी योगेश ठक्कर उर्फ स्वामी प्रेमगीत ने ओशो शिष्यों के प्रतिद्वंद्वी समूह ओशो फ्रेंड्‍स फाउंडेशन की ओर से दर्ज करवाई गई थी।



शिकायत के मुताबिक, ओशो की हाल के दिनों में सामने आई वसीयत को 3 सिग्नेचर एक्सपर्ट को दिखाया गया और तीनों ने इस वसीयत में ओशो के सिग्नेचर को सही नहीं पाया था। उसी रिपोर्ट को आधार बनाते हुए वसीहत के खिलाफ मामला दर्ज करवाया गया था। शिकायत में यह भी लिखा गया कि ओशो आश्रम की संपत्ति को कुछ असामाजिक तत्व हड़प लेना चाहते हैं। 



प्राथमिकी में आश्रम के मौजूदा 6 प्रशासकों पर फर्जी वसीयत तैयार करने का आरोप लगाया गया है। शिकायत के अनुसार 15 अक्टूबर 1989 की इस वसीयत में ओशो के जाली हस्ताक्षर हैं ताकि इस रहस्यमय आध्यात्मिक नेता की बौद्धिक संपदा के अधिकार पर दावा किया जा सके। ओशो का साहित्य दुनियाभर में वितरित होता है।



ओशो की संपत्तियों का विवाद मुंबई हाईकोर्ट में पहले से लंबित है। साल 2012 में ओशो आश्रम जमीन के एक घोटाले को लेकर विवादों में रहा है। 23 साल बाद सामने आई यह वसीयत ओशो की संपत्ति और प्रकाशन के सारे अधिकार नियो संन्यास इंटरनेशनल को ट्रांसफर करती है। ये संस्था वर्तमान में ओशो इंटरनेशनल फाउंडेशन के नाम से जानी जाती है जो कि स्विस बेस्ड ट्रस्ट है। इसे ओशो के पुराने समर्थक माइकल ओ ब्रायन संचालित करते हैं। ओशो की मृत्यु के बाद ओशो आश्रम को यही ट्रस्ट चलाता है। 



चार दिन पहले जारी किए गए नोटिस में न्यासियों से संबद्ध मूल दस्तावेज उपलब्ध कराने को कहा गया था। बहरहाल, पुलिस को आश्रम के अधिकारियों की कोई प्रतिक्रिया नहीं मिली है। कोरेगांव पुलिस ने आज बताया, 'हमारे नोटिस पर आश्रम के अधिकारियों से हमें कोई प्रतिक्रिया नहीं मिली है।

http://www.bhaskar.com/article-hf/MH-PUN-police-asked-for-osho-original-will-4466342-PHO.html

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Police Seeks 'Original Will' of Osho from his Pune Ashram

New Indian Express

By PTI - PUNE, Published: 16th December 2013 04:03 PM

Police has issued a notice to administrators of the city-based Osho Ashram asking them to produce original will of the late spiritual leader, after a faction of his followers accused some of the trustees  by forging the document to claim the rights and income from Osho's intellectual property worth millions.

The notice was issued to authorities running the affairs of Osho International Meditation Resort situated at Koregaon Park here on an FIR lodged on December 8 by Yogesh Thakkar alias Swami Prem Geet on the behalf of Osho Friends Foundation (OFF), a rival group of Osho disciples.

The FIR accused six of the present administrators of the commune of preparing a fake will, dated October 15, 1989 by forging Osho's signature in order to claim the intellectual property rights of the mystique spiritual leader, whose literature is circulated worldwide.

The notice, issued four days back, has asked the trustees to produce relevant original documents.

However, police has not received any response from the Ashram authorities.

"We have not yet received a response to our notice from the Ashram authorities. We will be engaging government hand-writing experts to decide genuineness of the signature put on the will under reference," Koregaon police told PTI today.

The issue of Osho's legacy has remained alive even more than two decades after his demise in 1990.

Since his death, the legal tussle has been on between Osho Friends Foundation and Osho International Foundation (Zurich) over inheritance of Osho's intellectual and other properties, with litigations pending in various Indian and foreign courts.

Osho International Foundation (OIF) (Zurich) whose trustees--five foreigners and an Indian--are reportedly in charge of the affairs of the Pune ashram.

According to the complainant, the OIF produced the will in question in a European court where rival group of Osho disciples had filed a complaint in 2010, challenging OLF's claim over Osho's trademarks in a case, which is still pending.

The OFF also approached the Bombay high court earlier this year seeking an inquiry into the alleged illegal transfer of Osho's intellectual property rights.

Ashram authorities could not be reached for comments.

http://www.newindianexpress.com/nation/Police-Seeks-Original-Will-of-Osho-from-his-Pune-Ashram/2013/12/16/article1948506.ece

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Police seeks 'original will' of Osho from his Pune Ashram

The Business Standard

Press Trust of India, Pune , December 16, 2013 Last Updated at 15:11 IST

Police has issued a notice to administrators of the city-based Osho Ashram asking them to produce original will of the late spiritual leader, after a faction of his followers accused some of the trustees by forging the document to claim the rights and income from Osho's intellectual property worth millions.

The notice was issued to authorities running the affairs of Osho International Meditation Resort situated at Koregaon Park here on an FIR lodged on December 8 by Yogesh Thakkar alias Swami Prem Geet on the behalf of Osho Friends Foundation (OFF), a rival group of Osho disciples.

The FIR accused six of the present administrators of the commune of preparing a fake will, dated October 15, 1989 by forging Osho's signature in order to claim the intellectual property rights of the mystique spiritual leader, whose literature is circulated worldwide.

The notice, issued four days back, has asked the trustees to produce relevant original documents.

However, police has not received any response from the Ashram authorities.

"We have not yet received a response to our notice from the Ashram authorities. We will be engaging government hand-writing experts to decide genuineness of the signature put on the will under reference," Koregaon police told PTI today.

The issue of Osho's legacy has remained alive even more than two decades after his demise in 1990.

Since his death, the legal tussle has been on between Osho Friends Foundation and Osho International Foundation (Zurich) over inheritance of Osho's intellectual and other properties, with litigations pending in various Indian and foreign courts.

Osho International Foundation (OIF) (Zurich) whose trustees--five foreigners and an Indian--are reportedly in charge of the affairs of the Pune ashram.

http://www.business-standard.com/article/pti-stories/police-seeks-original-will-of-osho-from-his-pune-ashram-113121600482_1.html

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ओशो की ‘मूल वसीयत’ पेश करने को कहा

दैनिक ट्रिब्यून

पुणे, 16 दिसंबर (भाषा)

पुलिस ने शहर स्थित ओशो आश्रम के प्रशासकों को नोटिस जारी करके उनसे दिवंगत आध्यात्मिक नेता की मूल वसीयत पेश करने के लिए कहा है। पुलिस ने यह कदम ओशो अनुयायियों के एक गुट द्वारा कुछ न्यासियों पर आध्यात्मिक नेता की करोड़ों रुपए की बौद्धिक संपदा से होने वाली आय और अधिकारों को हासिल करने के लिए दस्तावेजों में फर्जीवाड़ा करने का आरोप लगाया है।

शहर के कोरेगांव पार्क स्थित ओशो इंटरनेशनल मेडिटेशन रिजोर्ट को यह नोटिस 8 दिसंबर को दर्ज करवाई गई एक प्राथमिकी के आधार पर जारी किया गया है। यह प्राथमिकी योगेश ठक्कर उर्फ स्वामी प्रेमगीत ने ओशो शिष्यों के प्रतिद्वंद्वी समूह ओशो फ्रेंड्स फाउंडेशन की ओर से दर्ज करवाई थी।

प्राथमिकी में आश्रम के मौजूदा 6 प्रशासकों पर फर्जी वसीयत तैयार करने का आरोप लगाया गया है। शिकायत के अनुसार 15 अक्तूबर 1989 की इस वसीयत में ओशो के जाली हस्ताक्षर हैं  ताकि इस रहस्यमय आध्यात्मिक नेता की बौद्धिक संपदा के अधिकार पर दावा किया जा सके। ओशो का साहित्य दुनिया भर में वितरित होता है। चार दिन पहले जारी किए गए नोटिस में न्यासियों से संबद्ध मूल दस्तावेज उपलब्ध कराने को कहा गया था।

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Trouble brewing as followers allege Osho's will was forged, Pune Police investigating

India Today

Aditi Pai, Pune, December 16, 2013 | UPDATED 23:17 IST

Is it the 'real' will or not is the question that the Pune Police and hundreds of Osho followers are asking. There's trouble brewing within the fortified walls of the Osho International Meditation Resort once again with a section of Osho followers going to the police against the administrators and trustees of the Resort. Pune-based Osho Friends Foundation has filed a complaint with the police against six administrators alleging that they have created a forged will to use the income from the spiritual leader's intellectual property. The Koregaon Park police have issued a notice to the authorities instructing them to produce the original copy of the will.

Two decades after the death of Rajneesh, or Osho as he was known to followers, the spiritual guru's alleged will surfaced during court proceedings in the European Union.

The complainant, Yogesh Thakkar or Swami Prem Geet on behalf of Osho Friends Foundation, has alleged that three signature experts had stated that Osho's signature on this alleged will is fake. He has also claimed that the will was created to use Osho's intellectual property by a group of administrators and trustees. The city police are investigating the matter and are believed to take the will to government approved handwriting experts for verification.

There is a case pending against the administrators in the Bombay High Court over alleged illegal transfer of Osho's intellectual property rights by the administrators.

In 2012, the Osho International Meditation Resort was in the news following an alleged land scam that was condemned by a few hundred followers the world over through an online campaign.

http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/trouble-brewing-as-followers-allege-oshos-will-was-forged-pune-police-investigating/1/331548.html

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Osho Ki Asli Vasiyat Ke Liye Pune Ashram Ki Notice


Amar Ujala

New Delhi, Tuesday, December 17, 2013

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FIR against 6 Osho disciples

Indian Express

Express News Service : Pune, Mon Dec 16 2013, 00:41 hrs

The ongoing legal tussle between the two warring fractions of Osho disciples took a new turn on Sunday, with the Pune police registering an FIR against six of them for allegedly forging Osho's will. The FIR was lodged at Koregaon Park police station by Yogesh Thakkar, who had levelled charges against Michael Byrne John Andrews D' Arcy O'Byrne, Klaus Steeg Mukesh Sarda and Philip Toelkes.

Thakkar, who has been working on the behalf of Osho Friends Foundation, has challenged the Osho Commune in Koregaon Park for its various property alienations.

A twist to the tale came when 20 years after Osho's death, his "will" was produced in an European Court. The will, claimed to have been executed in Pune on October 15, 1989, has Michael O Byrne alias Anand Jayesh as the executor and John Andrews alias Amrito and Philip Toelkes alias Prem Niren as witnesses. The will has been challenged by Thakkar and others in Pune, with a civil suit filed to declare it as null and void.

A police complaint in the case was filed last month while the official FIR was filed recently. Calls and messages to Commune's spokesperson Ma Sadhna went answered.

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/fir-against-6-osho-disciples/1208072/

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Police asks Osho ashram to produce original will of spiritual mentor

The Times of India

Neha Madaan,TNN | Dec 15, 2013, 02.17 AM IST

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.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/pune/Police-asks-Osho-ashram-to-produce-original-will-of-spiritual-mentor/articleshow/27380196.cms

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OSHO: Battle for Property & Money at Pune

TV9

4 October, 2013

OSHO: Battle for Property & Money at Pune

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Battle lines drawn over ‘misuse’ of Osho’s IPR

Former trustees and petitioners question sale proceeds from book titles translated in over 65 languages, audio and video recordings, worth Rs 60 crore

Pune Mirror

Ketaki Latkar, Posted On Wednesday, October 02, 2013 at 04:09:06 PM

Battle lines drawn over ‘misuse’ of Osho’s IPR

It may be a battle for property and money for those who produced Osho’s will 23 years after the death of the spiritual guru, but for former trustees Yogesh Thakkar alias Swami Premgeet and Kishor Raval alias Swami Prem Anadi, the fight goes beyond.

In their writ petition before the Bombay High Court (filed in June this year), they have contended that the overseas trustees have been making unauthorised changes to Osho’s printed discourses and preaching, tampering with his spiritual legacy and public faith.

The petition also questions the very identity of the entities set up in London and Zurich in the name of Osho International Foundation (OIF), misleading people to believe they are an extension of the Pune-based OIF headquarters.

Besides the Rs 300-crore property, at stake are the sale proceeds from 650 book titles translated in over 65 languages globally, more than 9,000 hours of audio recordings of Osho’s talks, over 1,800 hours of video recordings and Osho’s paintings, estimated at Rs 60 crore over the past 10 years.

Battle lines drawn over ‘misuse’ of Osho’s IPR

Petitioners Yogesh Thakkar (L) and Kishor Raval; (above) the Osho International Meditation Centre in Koregaon Park

“There are no accounts or records of the money being deposited by the overseas foundations to the Pune headquarters. No one knows where the money is. It is such a pity,” Thakkar told Mirror.

While the overseas OIFs have claimed that the intellectual property rights (IPR) were transferred to the Zurich foundation in the 1980s, the veracity of this transfer is being questioned by the petitioners. “Legalese for such IPR transfer from one trust to another requires all trustees of the transferring trust to be signatories in the agreement.

“In the absence of all the trustees signing such a document the entire transaction becomes void-ab-initio (invalid from the very beginning),” informed Shreedhar Parundekar, IP and Technology Laws specialist.

The writ petition has pointed out that only one of the eight trustees has signed the critical document. On this basis, it has urged that the OIFs in Switzerland and UK have no authority to store, sell and retain proceeds out Osho’s IP work.

“The overseas OIFs have already lost an eight-year trademark and patent battle at the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). The trustees of these foundations are aware they have no locus standi even in the present writ petition on the IPR and other transfer of property issues.

So, now they have come up with a fabricated will, which was never mentioned in the 23 years gone by since Osho’s demise,” Kishor Raval pointed out.

The petition also pinned one of the current trustees of OIF, Pune, Mukesh Sarda, for printing and publishing about 16 of Osho’s books using private publishers, giving away copyrights to them.

On being asked about this Sarda said, “There is nothing I can say about the ongoing litigation. The matter is subjudice.”

The petition has also drawn the court’s attention to what it called an arbitrary donation of a part of the land (estimated to be worth Rs 50 crore) at the Osho ashram at Pune to one Darshan Trust.  With two hearings of the case done, the next one is coming up on October 8.

►►  There are no accounts of the money deposited by the overseas foundations to Pune. No one knows where the money is

- Yogesh Thakkar, Petitioner

http://www.punemirror.in/article/62/2013100220131002160912343c7830d60/Battle-lines-drawn-over-%E2%80%98misuse%E2%80%99-of-Osho%E2%80%99s-IPR.html

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Osho's 'will' surfaces 23 years after his death

CNN-IBN

Updated Sep 24, 2013 at 11:22am IST

Osho's 'will' surfaces 23 years after his death

New Delhi: Twenty three years after the death of Osho, a document called his will has surfaced. Now at stake are intellectual rights over his teachings and the Osho ashram that sits on prime real estate in Pune.

The document says, "I, Osho, birth name Chandra Mohan Jain, formerly known as Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh bequest all my property, all publishing rights to Neo Sannyas International Foundation." The document, allegedly Osho's last will has given a new twist to the battle for the Osho empire which includes the Osho ashram, over 10 acres of prime real estate in Pune and crores generated from sales of Osho's teachings.

One faction of Osho's followers call this will a forgery saying there was no mention of a will after Osho's death.

The alleged will is made on stamped paper, dated 16 June 1989, has Osho's original name Chandra Mohan Jain and his signature. It transfers all Osho property and publishing rights to the Neo Sannyas International, now known as Osho International Foundation, a Swiss-based trust. Led by long-time follower Micheal O'Byrne, Osho International has virtually run the Osho ashram after Osho's death.

The will was produced by Osho International during a trademark dispute in Spain but a group called Osho Friends Foundation have filed a PIL in Pune for the will to be declared null and void.

Yogesh Thakkar, a petitioner, says, "If the will is not declared null and void as all the revenue will go to them. Osho was never in favour of copyright."

Michael O'Byrne is named as Executioner in the will and two other witnesses, Philip Toolkes and John Andrews, has refused to comment. But an email from Osho International to CNN-IBN says, "We have not been served with any documents on this matter, so we can say nothing. As the matter may be sub-judice we cannot comment on this in the future."

As Sathya Sai Baba's estate came into bitter dispute after his death, here is the legacy of yet another 'godman' seeing bitter controversy.

http://ibnlive.in.com/news/oshos-will-surfaces-23-years-after-his-death/424172-3.html

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Osho’s will appears after 23 years, property dispute heats up

India TV News

Updated 20 Sep 2013, 13:29:30

Osho’s will appears after 23 years, property dispute heats up

The group currently taking care of Osho’s property has come with the last testament and will of Osho.

The will was presented in a Spanish court which is going through  a law suit filed by Lotus Commune relating to trademark claims over Osho International Foundation in Zurich.

The last will of Osho was filed in court by Swami Prem Niketan.

At the same time, the rival group lead by Yogesh Thakkar (Swami Prem Deep), including Osho Friends Foundation has claimed that the will is fake.

The will which is dated June 16, 1989, was drafted in Pune and has given Anand Jayesh (Michael O’Byrne) authority for execution.

The will also has signatures of Swami Amrito (John Andrews) and Prem Niren (Philip Toolkess) as witnesses.

The will gives all  "rights and titles to Neo Sanyas International Foundation’’ which is a Swiss charitable trust.

The will has come as a surprise to disciples of Osho who had been fighting for right over Osho’s writings and properties. The disciples like Thakkar have filed a suit in the court of Justice U L Pathak challenging the will to be forged.

The suit filed by Thakkar and other has raised questions on the surfacing of the will after 23 years. Additionally, they have motioned that Osho had made it clear that he would never have a successor.

“Osho always used to sign documents at the eight o’clock position, while in the will the signature is at the five o’clock position.

"Also, if O’Byrne had the will in his possession for the past 23 years, why had he kept silent about it?” asked Thakkar.

The suit had asked for ad interim relief for the will.

Ma Amrit Sadhana, spokesperson of the Osho Commune, declined to comment saying the matter is sub judice.

http://www.indiatvnews.com/news/india/osho-s-will-appears-after-23-years-property-dispute-heats-up-28133.html

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Osho’s ‘will’ causes dismay among followers

Indian Express

Partha Sarathi Biswas : Pune, Sat Sep 21 2013, 01:31 hrs

Twenty three-years after his death, the surfacing of an alleged will of Osho has his followers worried. While a group of his followers, including Swami Prem Geet (Yogesh Thakkar), has moved courts challenging the will, many have claimed they never heard Osho or anyone else talk about it during his lifetime.

Osho's long-time secretary Ma Yoga Neelam said she never heard about the will in the past. Neelam, who was one of the 21 disciples appointed by Osho to be part of the inner circle to run the commune, asked why the will was produced 23-years after his demise?

"Members of the inner circle used to extensively discuss every topic but the question of his will never came up. What I do not understand is that if Swami Amrito knew about the will, why did he not talk about it all these years?" she asked. Newsline reported about the controversy on Thrusday. The will had bequeathed the "the rights and titles" to Neo Sanyas International Foundation, a Swiss Charitable Institution. Swami Anand Jayesh (Micheal O'Byrne) had been named as the executor of the will, while Swami Amrito (John Andrews) and Swami Prem Niren (Philip Toolkes) had their signatures as witnesses on it.

Neelam, who was a part of the inner circle till 2000, said her relations with Amrito, Jayesh and Niren were excellent.

Another old time disciple of Osho, Ma DharmaKirti, who was associated with Osho since 1968, said she had never heard Osho talk about the will. "He cannot make such a will, it does not reflect him," she said.

Swami Satya Vedant, an erstwhile member of the inner circle, expressed dismay . "It is highly unlikely, that any will made by Osho will be entrusted on them," he asked.

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/oshos-will-causes-dismay-among-followers/1172079/

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Osho’s ‘will’ surfaces 23 yrs after death, property feud heats up

Indian Express

Partha Sarathi Biswas : Pune, Fri Sep 20 2013, 03:17 hrs

The ongoing battle for proprietary rights over the property of self-styled godman Osho has taken a new turn. The faction currently controlling the extensive property has come up with what is purportedly the last will and testament of Osho, 23 years after his death.

The will was produced by Swami Prem Niren in a Spanish court that is hearing a suit filed by Osho Lotus Commune over the trademark claims over Osho International Foundation, Zurich. Meanwhile, the rival faction of Yogesh Thakkar (Swami Prem Deep) and others, including Osho Friends Foundation, has claimed that the will is forged.

The will dated June 16, 1989, is drawn up in Pune and has named Anand Jayesh (Michael O'Byrne) as the executioner. The document has the signatures of Swami Amrito (John Andrews) and Prem Niren (Philip Toolkes) as witnesses and bequeaths all "rights and titles to Neo Sanyas International Foundation", a Swiss charitable foundation.

The incident has taken by surprise the disciples of Osho who have been battling the issue of proprietary and intellectual right over Osho's writings and properties. Thakkar and some other disciples have filed a suit in the court of Justice U L Pathak, civil judge junior division, contesting the will, alleging that it is forged.

In their suit, they have questioned the sudden appearance of the will, 23 years after Osho's death. Also, they have stated that Osho had made it clear on more than one occasion that he would not have any successor.

"Osho always used to sign documents at the eight o'clock position, while in the will the signature is at the five o'clock position. Also, if O'Byrne had the will in his possession for the past 23 years, why had he kept silent about it?" asked Thakkar. The suit had asked for ad interim relief for the will. Ma Amrit Sadhan, spokesperson of the Osho Commune, declined to comment saying the matter is sub judice.

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/osho-s--will--surfaces-23-yrs-after-death-property-feud-heats-up/1171606/

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23 years after Osho's death, his WILL presented in court

Daily Bhaskar

Dailybhaskar.com | Sep 19, 2013, 18:32 PM IST

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Pune: The spiritual leader Osho also known as Shree Rajneesh died in Pune on 19, 1990. At that time there was no mention of his will document. But in a dispute over trust properties between rival factions of Osho's followers has taken a strange trun. A saction controlling Osho's properties has produced a purportedly certified copy of Osho's will, 23 years after his death.

According to a report in Firstpost, the document presented as Osho’s will has suddenly surfaced during a court proceedings in the European Union. Osho’s followers in India were alerted to this development in June, 2013. This will signed by Osho has now been challenged in a Pune court as a forged will and the case before Civil Judge (Junior Division) U.L. Pathak is slated to come up for hearing on September 24. The will dated 16 June 1989 bearing Osho’s signature states that he is bequeathing all properties in his name, including ownership and publishing rights to the Neo Sannyas International Foundation, a Swiss charitable trust. Signed on a stamp paper of Rs10, Michael O’Byrne (Swami Anand Jayesh), president of Osho Foundation International, Zurich, has been identified as the executor of the will and two other foreigners, who are members of this Foundation, as the witnesses, namely, witnesses John Andrews (Swami Amrito) and Philip Toelkes (Swami Prem Niren).

The report further states that the petitioners Osho Friends Foundation & Others led by Yogesh Thakkar alias Swami Premgeet and Kishor Raval alias Swami Prem Anadi who have challenged the authenticity of the will have charged Michael O’Byrne, John Andrews and Philip Toelkes of forging the document and have urged the court to declare the will as null and void. They have also urged the court to permanently restrain the trustees from implementing the will and have also appealed for appointment of  an administrator for safe custody of Osho’s properties which includes real estate and intellectual properties running into crores of rupees.

http://daily.bhaskar.com/article/MAH-PUN-controversy-23-years-after-oshos-death-his-will-presented-in-court-4379648-PHO.html

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Osho’s will surfaces mysteriously 23 years after death; sparks controversy

First Post

By Abhay Vaidya Sep 19, 2013


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The dispute over trust properties between rival factions of Osho’s followers has taken an extraordinary turn with the faction controlling Osho’s properties producing a purportedly certified copy of Osho’s will, 23 years after his death.

The spiritual leader Osho also known as Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh died in Pune on January 19, 1990 and there was no mention of any will left behind by Osho in the press conferences held by the Osho trustees following his death.

Osho. Agencies image Now, 23 years after his death, the document presented as Osho’s will has suddenly surfaced during a court proceedings in the European Union. Osho’s followers in India were alerted to this development in June, 2013.

This will signed by Osho has now been challenged in a Pune court as a forged will and the case before Civil Judge (Junior Division) U.L. Pathak is slated to come up for hearing on September 24.

The will dated 16 June 1989 bearing Osho’s signature states that he is bequeathing all properties in his name, including ownership and publishing rights to the Neo Sannyas International Foundation, a Swiss charitable trust.

Signed on a stamp paper of Rs10, Michael O’Byrne (Swami Anand Jayesh), president of Osho Foundation International, Zurich, has been identified as the executor of the will and two other foreigners, who are members of this Foundation, as the witnesses, namely, witnesses John Andrews (Swami Amrito) and Philip Toelkes (Swami Prem Niren).

The petitioners Osho Friends Foundation & Others led by Yogesh Thakkar alias Swami Premgeet and Kishor Raval alias Swami Prem Anadi who have challenged the authenticity of the will have charged Michael O’Byrne, John Andrews and Philip Toelkes of forging the document and have urged the court to declare the will as null and void.

They have also urged the court to permanently restrain the trustees from implementing the will and have also appealed for appointment of an administrator for safe custody of Osho’s properties which includes real estate and intellectual properties running into crores of rupees.

Speaking to Firstpost.com, Thakkar said if the authenticity of this will is allowed to go unchallenged, it would mean that properties of Osho belonging to India would now go out of the country.

The others named as respondents in the petition are prominent Osho trustees and NRI, Mukesh Sarda (Swami Mukesh Bharti), Vidya Khubchandani (Ma Vidya Bharati) and the Neo Sannyas Foundation.

Thakkar and his co-petitioners already have two suits pending against in the Bombay High Court against the administrators of Neo Sanyas Foundation aka Rajneesh Foundation and Osho International Foundation and their trustees for alleged fraud of Rs300 crore, manipulation and embezzlement of Osho trust properties. The petitioners have alleged that the Foundation trustees “are transferring funds, assets, and benefits of the Osho charitable trusts in favour of private limited companies” controlled by them.

According to the petitioners, Osho has left behind a “colossal legacy” which includes archives of 9,000 hours of audio discourses in Hindi and English, 1,870 hours of video discourses, 650 titles of transcribed books in Hindi and English which are being translated in 65 languages around the world, about 850 paintings by Osho, 80,000 books in Osho’s personal library at his commune in Koregaon Park which contains his notations, Osho’s Samadhi at Koregaon Park, and prime real estate in Pune and elsewhere valued at more than Rs. 1,000 crore.

The petitioners have argued that “non-production of Osho’s will for 23 years, comprehensively proves that no such will or document ever existed.” They have also pointed out that Rajneesh’s name in the will is stated as “Chandra Mohan Jain” when in fact his birth name was “Rajneesh Chandra Mohan”.

The text of the will dated 16 June, 1989, running into five paragraphs states as follows:

RECITAL: “In 1975, 1978 and 1981, I executed assignments concerning my work. Also, in 1981, I executed a broad power of attorney will the stated intention to divest myself of all worldly property, and also an amendment in 1982, with the result that all such property is now owned by Neo Sannyas International Foundation, a Swiss charitable entity. To be completely certain that all such property interests are so divested, I make this Last Will and Testament.

LAST WILL & TESTAMENT: Being of sound mind, and acting of my free will, I make this Last Will and Testament.

I, Osho, birth name Chandra Mohan Jain, formerly known as Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh, hereby devise and bequest any and all right, title or interest of any nature in any and all property of any nature and in any form, owned by me, now or in the future, including but not limited to, all ownership, publishing or related rights, to all my work, published to date or in the future, in any form, to Neo Sannyas International Foundation.

If for any reason that entity cannot or does not accept this bequest then the alternate beneficiary shall be a non-profit, charitable entity dedicated to the dissemination of my work, such entity to be designated by my executor.

EXECUTOR: I name as my executor Sw. Anand Jayesh, aka Michael O’Byrne.

Executed this 15th day of October, 1989, at Poona, India.

Osho

http://www.firstpost.com/india/oshos-will-surfaces-mysteriously-23-years-after-death-sparks-controversy-1119721.html

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Ashram Trouble

Acharya Rajneesh’s famous abode in Pune was once the habitat of celebrities and foreigners seeking salvation from their troubled existences. Today it is battling charges of corruption and fraud. Chandran Iyer reports

CHANDRAN IYER | Issue Dated: August 25, 2013, New Delhi 

Tags : Osho | Acharya Rajneesh | Osho Ashram Trusts | Osho International Foundation | Mumbai High Court | Osho’s Samadhi |

During his lifetime, Acharya Rajneesh alias Osho, was a man of many parts: a philosopher who touched the lives of millions around the globe, the god of free sex who advocated an open, licentious attitude towards sexuality saying its suppression lay at the root of most emotional problems. His famed Ashram at Pune attracted the rich and famous who could wear their hearts on their sleeves without a care in the world. Back in the 1970s and 80s, his army of followers was legion.

Acharya Rajneesh was controversial not for that alone. He minced no words in criticizing the father of the nation Mahatma Gandhi, socialism and institutionalized religion; in the process he made headlines as long as he lived.

Now 23 years after his death, the management trustees of Osho Ashram Trusts, to be rechristened Osho International Foundation is making news, again for the wrong reasons. Its honourable trustees have been accused of siphoning off funds and properties of the trusts valued at over Rs. 303.39 crores ($55 milllion) and diverting it to their private companies.

Two long standing devotees of Osho, Yogesh Thakkar alias Swami Premgeet and Kishor Raval alias Swami Prem Anadi, have filed a petition in the Mumbai High Court asking for dismissal of the present board of trustees and the appointment of a court commissioner to protect Osho’s Samadhi and Ashram saying that they were in great danger of being obliterated.

In the petition - Civil WP-53002013, 10.6.2013 – they have alleged that the present trustees have transferred funds and assets of the Trust for more than Rs 303.39 crores through a company known as   'Osho Multimedia and Resorts Pvt. Ltd’ which is a special vehicle designed to transfer all privileges and benefits of the trusts into their private kitties.

The ongoing cases against Osho Ashram Trusts (Osho International Foundation – OIF & Neo Sannyas Foundation – NSF) have taken an awkward turn, as the present trustees are siphoning funds and properties of the trusts valued over Rs. 303.39 Crores ($ 55 million) into  their private companies. This company is known as ‘Osho Multimedia and Resorts Pvt. Ltd, ’ a special vehicle designed to transfer all the privileges and benefits of the trusts in their private kitty, the petition filed before the Bombay High Court in January this year said.

According to the petitioners, the scam is not just limited to misappropriation of funds within India but acts of wrong doing reach as far as  US, UK, Switzerland and Hong Kong.

In their plea, the petitioners have said that the trust is losing revenues while private companies owned by the trustees are flourishing. They have claimed that trust properties are mortgaged and gifted freely because of non-availability of funds for maintenance, as has been claimed by trustees. They also say that the trustees are introducing rules which restrict Osho disciples and visitors from meditating at the acharya’s Samadhi and Ashram.

This is the first time that cases of defalcation and fraud have come out into the open in the Osho commune, which was the cynosure of the media back in the 1970s and 1980s but since the death of their supreme guru, has receded into the background.

Despite the controversy and seriousness of the charges, there is deafening silence from the Osho Trust itself. Amrit Sadhana, spokesperson of the trust when contacted declined to offer her version except to say “We have no comments to offer as the matter is sub-judice”.

http://www.thesundayindian.com/en/story/ashram-trouble/25/48012/

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Osho in controversy again: Disciples allege ashram funds amounting to Rs 300 crore swindled by trustees

Dailybhaskar.com | Aug 10, 2013, 05:30AM IST

Pune: Two disciples of Osho Ashram in Pune have alleged that funds to tune of Rs 300 crore have been swindled by trustees of the Pune-based ashram to their private accounts. The disciples have reportedly filed a writ petition in Bombay High Court demanding that matter be investigated.

DNA reported that the petition, bearing number Civil WP-5300/2013 dated 10/06/2013, has been filed by Yogesh Thakkar (Swami Prem Geet) and Kishor Rawal (Swami Prem Anadi).

The petition refers to an application for interim relief made to the charity commissioner in December 2011 and the delay taking place for hearing of the same. The petition has produced evidence of transfer of funds and assets before the high court and seeks various reliefs.

Speaking to DNA, Thakkar alleged that the trustees are siphoning funds and properties of the trusts, Osho International Foundation (OIF) and Neo Sannyas Foundation (NSF), valued at over `300 crore to their private company registered as Osho Multimedia and Resorts Pvt Ltd (OMR), earlier known as Zen Properties (Resorts) Pvt Ltd.

“Surprisingly, these transfers are being done with the consent of the charity commissioner by hiding material facts. This misappropriation of funds is limited to within India and more inquiry can give leads to the scam spreading overseas,” the English publication quoted him claiming.

On contacting Osho Meditation Resort, Ma Amrit Sadhana from the management team refused to give any clarification and said the matter is sub judice and she cannot comment on it. The petition mentions the names of Michael O’Byrne (alias Swami Anand Jayesh), John Andrews (alias Swami Amrito), Darcy O’Byrne (alias Swami Yogendra), Mukesh Sarda (alias Swami Mukesh Bharti) and others, allegedly involved in misappropriation of ashram trust funds.

“The per day income of Osho Dharamshala in Pune is over `1.25 lakh. As per the bills made, we found that over `54.75 crore have been transferred to OMR, in the last 12 years since it started,” Thakkar alleged in his petition.

He alleged that the income is being transferred to OMR instead of the ashram trusts. The petitioners, Thakkar and Raval had earlier challenged the the alleged transfer of an ashram trust property valued at `50 crore as free gift to Darshan Trust in New Delhi. He pleaded to the court in their petition to protect Osho ashram and appoint a court commissioner for the same.

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Osho disciples move HC, claim `300-cr fraud

Funds being transferred to pvt firm, allege petitioners

Rajesh Rao @ryterrajesh



Pune: The Osho Commune is once again embroiled in a controversy with two Osho disciples filing a writ petition in the Bombay High Court seeking an inquiry into alleged misappropriation of funds and assets of the Osho Ashram Trust worth over Rs300 crore allegedly being manipulated by the trustees who are also directors.

The petition bearing number Civil WP-5300/2013 dated 10/06/2013, is filed by Yogesh Thakkar (Swami Prem Geet) and Kishor Rawal (Swami Prem Anadi). The petition refers to an application for interim relief made to the charity commissioner in December 2011 and the delay taking place for hearing of the same. The petition has produced evidence of transfer of funds and assets before the high court and seeks various reliefs.

Speaking to dna, Thakkar alleged that the trustees are siphoning funds and properties of the trusts, Osho International Foundation (OIF) and Neo Sannyas Foundation (NSF), valued at over Rs300 crore to their private company registered as Osho Multimedia and Resorts Pvt

Ltd (OMR), earlier known as Zen Properties (Resorts) Pvt Ltd.

“Surprisingly, these transfers are being done with the consent of the charity commissioner by hiding material facts. This misappropriation of funds is limited to within India and more inquiry can give leads to the scam spreading overseas,” he alleged. On contacting Osho Meditation Resort, Ma Amrit Sadhana from the management team refused to give any clarification and said the matter is sub judice and she cannot comment on it. The petition mentions the names of Michael O’Byrne (alias Swami Anand Jayesh), John Andrews (alias Swami Amrito), Darcy O’Byrne (alias Swami Yogendra), Mukesh Sarda (alias Swami Mukesh Bharti) and others, allegedly involved in misappropriation of ashram trust funds.

“The per day income of Osho Dharamshala in Pune is over Rs1.25 lakh. As per the bills made, we found that over Rs54.75 crore have been transferred to OMR, in the last 12 years since it started,” Thakkar alleged in his petition.

He alleged that the income is being transferred to OMR instead of the ashram trusts. The petitioners, Thakkar and Raval had earlier challenged the the alleged transfer of an ashram trust property valued at Rs50 crore as free gift to Darshan Trust in New Delhi. He pleaded to the court in their petition to protect Osho ashram and appoint a court commissioner for the same.

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HC stays alienation of Osho property
Partha Sarathi Biswas : Fri Jan 11 2013, 01:39 hrs
Indian Express
The Bombay High Court on Monday passed an interim order halting the "further alienation" of a Koregaon Park property that has been in the eye of a storm for the past two years owing to a legal battle between the Osho International Foundation 9 (OIF) and other disciples of Osho.
The 5,387 square metres property (CTS 3) was gifted by the OIF to the New Delhi-based Darshan Trust in 2011 after filing an application with the office of the Charity Commissioner of Mumbai.
Yogesh Thakkar and other followers of Osho had challenged the gift deed in the Bombay High Court on various grounds.
While hearing the writ petition, the single judge bench of the High Court passed an interim order asking the Darshan Trust "not to further alienate the property without leave of the Court."
The decision of the OIF to gift prime piece of property in Koregaon Park area had surprised many followers of the controversial mystic, Osho.
In its petition before the Charity Commissioner, OIF had cited similar objectives of the Darshan Trust as one of its decisions to gift the property. At present, this property houses the expansive parking of the foundation.
When contacted, Amrit Sadhna, the official spokesperson of the OIF, refused to comment stating the matter was subjudice.

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/hc-stays-alienation-of-osho-property/1057743/

Outlook
MAGAZINE | OCT 15, 2012


Marooned? The Osho ashram in Pune
OSHO COMMUNE

The Salvation Slide
The Osho commune, nay Meditation Resort is beset with fraud charges
NAMRATA JOSHI
Osh Begosh...Osho trustees, Swami Jayesh and co, accused of transferring ashram funds to their own outfit
Ashram land ‘gifted’ to little known ‘Darshan Trust’ in Delhi
Commune renamed as Osho International Meditation Resort,
Entry fees hiked, fewer visitors, “90% of programmes” shut down
Crass commercialisation on, traditional celebrations stopped, fears that ashram will shut down
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Trouble has been brewing in this Pune paradise ever since Osho, aka Bhagwan Rajneesh, left his body—as his devotees like to put it—about two decades ago. However, of late the split in the ranks has become unbridgeable, battlelines clearly drawn and court cases getting more bitter and complicated by the day. In the eye of the long-blowing storm are the three foreigner administrators or trustees—Swami Jayesh (Michael O’Byrne) and Swami Yogendra (Darcy O’Byrne) from Canada and Swami Amrito (George Meredith from the UK)—who Osho’s ex-secretary Ma Neelam once reportedly referred to as the “three dictators”.
They began by changing the commune’s name to Osho International Meditation Resort but the other alterations have been more wide-ranging and have piqued other disciples. “They want to change everything...it’s throw out the old,” says long-time Osho disciple and ex-Osho spokesperson Swami Chaitanya Keerti. “They are ruining the movement,” says artist and follower Jaya Dixit Nag Peralta. Over the years, the opposition to the ‘dictators’ has been growing and they, in turn, have reacted by banning many of the antagonistic Osho followers from the ashram. “Anyone who questions them is labelled anti-Osho and banned from the ashram premises,” says a follower. Many, like Swami Keerti, have left the commune to work independently. Now social network sites are emerging as the platforms to air grievances.
The latest point of conflict is the allegation of misappropriation of funds—that the trustees have been clandestinely transferring funds from the trust to themselves. They have allegedly been transferring benefits of the Osho trust directly in their own favour as directors and shareholders of a company called Osho Multimedia and Resorts Pvt Ltd. “As a result, the trust is being deprived of income and benefits. For example, any income accrued from visitors staying at the Osho Guest House (held by the trust) gets directly siphoned off to Osho Multimedia and Resorts Pvt Ltd,” alleges Yogesh Thakkar aka Swami Premgeet. He, amongst others, is demanding that a proper inquiry be initiated by the authorities and the administrators prosecuted for said criminal offences, and the trust’s money retrieved with interest. “According to the Bombay Public Trust Act, the trustees can’t directly transfer any benefits for personal favour...the trustees can’t be the beneficiaries,” he says. Thakkar’s stand is categorical: that the public charitable trust established by Osho is gradually getting turned into a private limited company.


Ex-ashramite Yogesh Thakkar

Earlier this year, he initiated another legal battle against the trustees. There have been allegations that parts of the Osho ashram land (6,600 sq ft, worth Rs 50 crore) in Koregaon Park were surreptitiously disposed of and transferred to outsiders through gifts by the Osho International Foundation. The transfer had allegedly been made to a little known, obscure ‘Darshan Trust’, registered in Delhi and controlled by Mukesh Sarda, a trustee of the Osho International Foundation. A writ petition was filed, challenging the arbitrary order passed by the charity commissioner, Mumbai, on the grounds that “the gift” was not “clean and thoughtful”. Subsequently, the Bombay HC issued notices to the charity commissioner and the trustees of Osho International Foundation and Darshan Trust. So is this an attempt to shut down the ashram by selling it piece-meal? (Since the case is sub judice, the trustees expressed their inability to respond to Outlook’s queries on this and the other allegations against them.)
Now for some history. The first inkling of trouble started soon after Osho’s death in 1990, when Osho International Foundation (OIF), Zurich, tried to register the trademarks of Osho and his meditations in the US. Based upon its claim to trademarks and copyright ownership, OIF even launched legal action against Osho Dhyan Mandir, Delhi, in an effort to prevent them from using the word, ‘Osho’ in the domain name, oshoworld.com. The verdict, however, went in Osho Dhyan Mandir’s favour. Also, later the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) ruled that Osho and his works cannot be trademarked. As Swami Chaitanya Keerti puts it, “Meditation is a gift of the Eastern mystics. It can’t be a trademark.”
But these malpractices apart, Osho followers are also upset that the sanctity of the samadhi is no longer being maintained, that Osho’s objectives are getting compromised in the new, ruling commercialism. As Ma Neelam put it, the commune is being turned into a corporation. “Osho’s pictures are being removed. They don’t believe in ‘samadhi’. It’s not even called an ashram now, but a luxurious meditation resort,” says Peralta. “The place where the ashes are kept is universally called samadhi. They are now calling it Osho Chuang Tzu,” says Swami Keerti. Over the years, the administrators are said to have shifted a chunk of Osho’s archives—documents, paintings, photos, audio/video recordings and personal belongings—outside India.
The entry fee to the ashram has gone up 15-20 per cent to Rs 480 for Indians and Rs 980 for foreigners (which detractors claim as reason for the sharp drop in visitor numbers). In the peak season, November-February, the ashram used to attract 1,200-1,500 visitors a day, now its reportedly down to 150. “The Multiversity School of Meditation is on the verge of being shut down with only 10 per cent of the programmes going on as compared to five years back,” says Thakkar.
The traditional celebrations have also been stopped. Osho’s birthday, enlightenment and nirvana are no longer marked. “The new message is that everyday is a celebration,” says a follower sarcastically. So instead of observing Guru Poornima, Bollywoodisation is the new mantra. Dancing to Sheela Ki Jawani and Bollywood karaoke nights were the highlights of a recent monsoon festival. Again, another indication that the ashram, as we have known it, will eventually shut shop? Will it shift to another country? Devotees predict the worst, they say it’s not just Osho’s legacy but India’s heritage and philosophy that are at stake.

‘OIF is commercialising Osho Ashram in city’
- Reporter, Sakal Times
Thursday, 12 January 2012 - 11:59 AM IST
Tags: OIF, Osho Ashram, Pune
PUNE: The Osho International Foundation (OIF) is gradually commercialising the Osho International Meditation Resort (popularly known as Osho Ashram) at Koregaon Park, two former trustees of the foundation have alleged.
They added that OIF has already obtained permission from Charity Commissioner Mumbai, for 'gifting' Ashram's land measuring 5,387 sq m worth Rs 35-40 crore to a mysterious Darshan Trust, New Delhi, whose officials are two former trustees of OIF.
The former trustees, Yogesh Thakar and Kishore Raval, told media here on Wednesday that they have raised objections with the Charity Commissioner Mumbai, about the 'gift'.
“The OIF is in the process of gifting the land on Lane no 1, in a dubious manner. There was no declaration or public notice made by the trustees of OIF. This is a well-known legal manoeuvre designed to sidestep any local publicity about such a move in order to avoid public detection and possible objection. They are in the process of gifting another piece of land worth crores to the same trust,” they said.
“The reason given for gifting the land was that it had been lying unused, and that they were finding it difficult to pay taxes to the civic body,” Thakar said..
OIF's trustees, managers and administrators should clearly understand that they are not the owners, but rather the custodians of Osho's legacy,  he added. “We believe that foreigners Michael Byrne alias Swami Jayesh and Dr John Andrews alias Swami Amrito, who are the chairman and vice chairman respectively of Osho's Inner circle, are influencing the OIF.”
To save the land transfer, Thakkar and Raval have started a website (www.oshowork.org) and also a toll-free number (080-49311193), They have appealed to people to give a missed call as a form of support.
When Sakal Times contacted OIF trustee Maa Sadhana, who is also a member of Osho International Meditation Resort management, she refused to comment, saying the matter is 'sub-judice'.

Osho land dispute: Trustee shown dead lives on
The Times of India
Former trustee claims Lalpratap Singh was shown dead in July 2008,but is still shown as a trustee of the Foundation till date
Gitesh.Shelke @timesgroup.com

There is something more than meets the eye when it comes to the ensuing dispute between Oshos followers in the city over gifting a piece of prime land in Koregaon Park to a Delhi-based trust.
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former trustee of Osho International Foundation (OIF),Koregaon Park and two others,who last month filed an application with the Charity Commissioner,Mumbai,opposing the move by the present trustees of the Foundation to gift a section of its Koregaon Park property to Darshan Trust,have now claimed that the Foundation had declared dead a living trustee for reasons unknown in 2008.
Former trustee Yogesh Thakkar alias Swami Prem Geet,Kishor Raval alias Swami Prem Anadi and Nitin Phulpaghar alias Swami Nitin Bharati have alleged an attempt on the part of their opponents to mislead Oshos numerous disciples.
Thakkar told Pune Mirror on Tuesday that they had come across an interesting piece of information while searching for reports of companies and trusts related to OIF.In the application submitted with the Charity Commissioner in Mumbai,Thakkar and his co-applicants have submitted that in the case of Osho Media International,earlier known as Sadhna Foundation,incorporated on March 8,1988,one of the directors Mr Lalpratap Singh was shown as dead on July 24,2008 whereas he is shown as trustee of the OIF even today.There must be a hidden agenda of the Foundation trustees to show him dead, said Phulpaghar.
When Mirror contacted the Foundation authorities,they confirmed that Lalpratap Singh,who is known as Swami Pratap in the inner circles,was staying in the Osho Ashram,and also gave us the internal telephone number to his room.There was no response to several calls made to Swami Pratap,but Ashram staff assured us that he is alive.The ashram refused to comment on the issue saying the matter is subjudice.
Thakkar said the OIF should not be indulging in such activities as its objectives are to impart education,organise meditation and other facilities to visitors.But they are more interested in the land which was developed by Shri Osho alias Bhagwan Shri Rajneesh, he said.

 


The Osho Meditation Resort has been in the news for gifting land to Delhi-based trust 

The Osho Samadhi
Mid Day – Mumbai, 8 August 2012
In the coming weeks more is going to be heard of the storm brewing at the Osho ashram in Pune’s Koregaon park where according to insiders ‘ a handful of loyalists are intent on destroying the sanctity of Osho’s Samadhi for their own avarice.’ Media reports had alerted readers to the news of huge acres of prime property that belonged to the ashram being donated to the ‘ Darshan Trust’. 

At stake is the circular marble floored, marble walled bedroom of the master and its majestic circular chandelier; recognized as Osho’s Samadhi where His followers were allowed to meditate silently. According to the reports, the Osho International Foundation (OIF), which controls all of Osho’s properties, has been taking gradual steps to erase the significance of the Samadhi for his devotees over the last few years. Given the past acrimonious skirmishes that had broken out amongst his followers and the amount at stake, you can be sure that the issue is not going to go away in hurry. Incidentally, we have seen the bedroom and it is the magnificent sight. We were particularly impressed by the state - of - the- art futuristic looking dentist’s equipment and chair in the corner. Apparently, the master had his teeth attended to in private!
Osho Commune mum on samadhi
Published: Tuesday, Aug 7, 2012, 17:35 IST
By DNA Correspondent | Place: Pune | Agency: DNA
In its affidavit filed before the charity commissioner dated July 16, the Osho International Foundation (OIF) had denied the existence of any samadhi of Osho in the commune at Koregaon Park. The OIF has now refused to answer any further questions on the issue. Spokesperson of the Osho Commune, Amrit Sadhana, in a terse communiqué to DNA, said, “As this matter is sub judice, we can only say that the affidavit speaks for itself.”
DNA had reported on August 2 about the affidavit in which the OIF said, “First of all there was never any samadhi of Osho as he himself was opposed to any personal worship. The board which was mistakenly put was removed 12 long years ago as it was realised that it was an error by the management of the trust (sic). Osho had never told to create his samadhi and had expressed his desire that people can come and meditate.”
'No samadhi at Osho Commune'
Published: Thursday, Aug 2, 2012, 13:55 IST
The ongoing dispute between the Osho International Foundation (OIF), the trust which controls the day-to-day activity of the Osho Commune, in Koregaon Park and the some of the disciples of the controversial mystic Osho Rajneesh, seemed to have taken an interesting turn, with the OIF denying the existence of any ‘samadhi’ of Osho.
This claim was made by OIF and Neo Sanyas Foundation (NSF), in an affidavit before the charity commissioner in Mumbai in response to an affidavit filed by Yogesh Thakkar and others challenging the decision of the OIF to transfer land of the commune.
The affidavit which was filed on July 16, states “First of all there was never any Samadhi of Osho as he himself was opposed to any personal worship. The board which was mistakenly put was removed 12 long years ago as it was realised that it was an error by the management (sic) the trust. Osho had never told to create his Samadhi and had expressed his desire (sic) that people can come and mediate..”
The samadhi referred in the affidavit is the Chang Tzu hall of the commune, which is supposed to house the ashes of Osho. Disciples of Osho, talk how after the demise of the mystic, it was decided to enshrine the ashes in the Chang Tzu hall, which during the lifetime of Osho, served as the bedroom and darshan hall of the master.
Swami Chaitanya Keerti of Osho Nisarg (a meditation centre) recollected that how six weeks before his demise, Osho himself had directed his disciples to do so. “The writing on the marble plaque ‘Osh Never Born Never Died’ was also dictated by Osho himself. As the room houses the ashes of Osho, that has to be the samadhi,” he said.
Similar were the experience of Yogesh Thakkar, another disciple, who remembered that on January 20, 1990, a day after the demise of Osho, it was Swami Amrito (John Andrews) had held a meeting in the Buddha Hall of the commune and announced how “Samadhi of the master would be created in Chang Tzu hall as per the directions of the master.”
The affidavit has created quite a ruffle amongst the Osho disciples, who term is as incorrect and wrong. DNA had sent an email to the spokesperson of the commune Ma Amrit Sadhna, asking for the commune’s reaction, but she did not respond.
India must protect Osho’s Samadhi
Abhay Vaidya | Sunday, January 15, 2012
DNA
As the battle against corruption in India is not Anna Hazare’s personal battle, but concerns each one of us; the neglect of the spiritual guru, Osho’s Samadhi, by his own followers in Pune is also not their internal affair, but concerns the rich spiritual heritage of India.
Also known as Acharya and Bhagwan Rajneesh, Osho’
s wholistic work and contribution constitute an important part of India’s spiritual tradition. Almost all extraordinary spiritual leaders were rebels of their age and so was Osho.
Those who don’t know Osho know nothing about his extraordinary commentaries on the Buddha and Buddhism, Mahavir and Jainism, the Bhagvad Gita, Kabir, Gorakhnath and scores of spiritual leaders from different religions of the world.
Live every moment, says Osho’s philosophy; celebrate life, meditate and find your own way, do not get trapped in the crap of religious dogma, do not suppress your sexuality and pursue your passion. Yes, he had revolutionary ideas about sex, but he was no “sex guru”, as the Indian and western media had dubbed him to sell their newspapers and magazines.
After Osho died in Pune on Jan 19, 1990, he was cremated, and as per his wishes, his ashes were interred in his bedroom at his residence ‘Lao Tzu’ on the Osho Commune premises.
This marble floored and marble-walled bedroom has a majestic circular chandelier and is recognised as Osho’s samadhi where his followers were allowed to meditate silently.
However, over the last two decades, the Osho International Foundation (OIF), which controls all of Osho’s properties, has been taking gradual steps to erase the significance of the samadhi for his followers.
The OIF spokesperson admitted in a conversation with this journalist that it was a mistake on their part to use the term ‘samadhi’ in the first place.
As Amrit Sadhana had stated in an interview, “We do not call it a samadhi. It is called Chuang Tzu (hall) where Osho (then Rajneesh) gave his first lectures after arriving in Pune in 1974. As per Osho’s wishes, his ashes were put in an urn and buried there.”
The management has made it extremely cumbersome — almost impossible — for the common man to visit the samadhi. Should the access not be free for everyone? Should one agree with the management when they say that it was a ‘mistake’ to call it a samadhi in the first place?
It is always the disciples of the master who betray him in the end. Is something similar happening in the case of Osho?
Who will explain the controversial ‘gifting’ of prime property of the Osho Commune worth crores of rupees to the unknown Darshan Trust in Delhi?
What about the fact that there are clear links between the existing and former trustees of the OIF, and this unknown entity called Darshan Trust?
Clearly, Osho’s Samadhi needs to be rescued from the clutches of his betrayers, and it needs to be restored to the people of India.
The problem is that we Indians are too tolerant and too slow to act and react — whether it is in regard to corruption or something else. But there’s no easy way out. The British or the Americans won’t fight your battles; you have to fight your own...and win.
Osho Commune: Is this the first step towards winding it up?
October 18, 2011 11:34 AM
Vinita Deshmukh
Pune’s Osho Commune is embroiled in controversy since the past few days regarding its petition in the Charity Commissioner’s office in Mumbai to “gift’’ a part of its property to an obscure trust. Is it just a property deal or an attempt to shut shop?

When the Osho International Foundation, which runs the internationally-acclaimed Osho Commune in Pune applied last week to the Charity Commissioner’s office in Mumbai, for permission to “gift’’ its 6,600 sq ft prime property in Lane No 1 of Koregaon Park, Pune, it was more than just a magnanimous property deal. At stake is the Osho legacy and the spiritual heritage belonging to the nation, as it represents the life & times and the colossal philosophical work of one of the greatest—though controversial— spiritual mystiques of the 20th century, Osho, earlier known as Acharya Rajneesh.
What’s scandalous is that, while prominent Osho Management team member Ma Sadhana admitted that another part of the property has been recently mortgaged to facilitate running the commune (is it broke?), suddenly you have the management wanting to “gift” another part of its property and that too to an obscure ‘Darshan Trust’ which does not seem to have official credibility. The natural question is: Why such magnanimity?
While the suspicion that the Osho Commune, run by three foreigners, steered by Swami Jayesh alias Michael O Byrne, erstwhile real-estate agent of Edmonton, US—(the other two being Swami Amrito alias George Meredith, Osho’s personal physician and Swami Yogendra alias Darcy O’ Byrne)—who has re-christened the commune as the ‘Osho International Meditation Resort’ with a stark commercial flavour a few years after Osho died in 1990, might be ultimately sold off and the commune shifted somewhere outside the country, has some bearing, though very speculative at this stage.
The Osho Commune management has deliberately undertaken various measures since the past few years to convert this Ashram meant for spiritual seekers who flocked here from around the world, into a luxurious resort by eliminating the Master’s presence in the form of photographs, which otherwise studded the Commune. What was shocking was that Osho’s ‘Samadhi’ was replaced by what is now called as ‘Osho Chuang Tzu’. At that time, former Osho spokesperson Swami Chaitanya Keerti who walked out of the Commune in early 2000, had stated that, “many of us are suspicious of the resort’s motives in discarding the term ‘Samadhi’. I think this is a long-term strategy to break the emotional link we sanyasins have with Osho’s Samadhi and sell or lease Pune property in the future. The prime properties of this Commune do not belong to the handful of inner-circle members, but to all the Osho followers from all over India and the world, who have made contributions when Osho was alive.” Is Keerti’s prophecy coming true now?
The Commune management also audaciously demolished the legendary ‘Buddha Hall’ where Osho gave most of his world-famous spiritual discourses, bedecked in royal robes and seated on an equally royal & luxuriant chair. During the days when he was ailing, he arrived from his room just 500 meters away in a Rolls-Royce. The huge mosquito net that covered the Buddha Hall was said to be the largest, fit enough to enter the Guinness Book of World Records. When that was dismantled a few years back, Keerti had stated it was an “outrage to Osho’s memory and the death of a spiritual heritage place of the country”. That was another act of reducing Osho’s legacy into nothingness. Was that also a part of a strategy to facilitate future sale of property?
The Commune—particularly after the construction of the one lakh square foot Osho Meditation Resort built opposite the main gate, represents what you can call the ‘five-star’ culture. It has transformed into a five-star resort by jacking up entry fees and food prices, and discouraging Indian sanyasins from patronising it by way of humiliation, banning ‘seva’ (voluntary work to run various departments of the Commune and instead appointing an international professional housekeeping company by paying several lakhs per month) and banning those who speak against the highhandedness of the Commune administration.
For example, the entry fees for one day are Rs480 for Indians and Rs960 for Westerners. This is beside the food which would on average cost Rs500 per person for two meals. Thus, even Westerners find it exorbitant to go there—this is confirmed by the assessment that visitors have dipped by nearly 80 percent. Swami Prem Geet (Yogesh Thakkar), one of the two petitioners who have filed an objection in the Charity Commissioner’s office in Mumbai against the Osho Commune’s representation, and because of whom the issue surfaced in the public arena, states, “Until a couple of years back, round 1,000 foreigners would visit the Commune in the peak period of December to February. Last year, there were around 200-odd only. They don’t want visitors anymore—they have sinister plans and have therefore also transferred registration of the trusts from Pune’s Charity Commissioner’s office to Mumbai. However, we got a whiff that they wanted to give away part of the spiritual heritage of the Commune and so we rushed to Mumbai and filed our objection in good time.” Details of the objection petition as well as the Commune’s application before the Charity Commissioner, Mumbai, are available at www.oshowork.org
The Osho International Foundation (OIF) also tried to make the word ‘Osho’ as its trademark. However, it lost the case in 2009 in the US, against a complaint filed by ‘Osho Friends International’ in 1999 steered by Keerti. The Trademark and Trial Appeal Board in the US where the case was filed concluded, “The term ‘Osho’ is generic for the meditations devised by the mystic Osho and the meditation and religious movement arising from there. As a result, defendant OIF cannot foreclose others from utilising the term OSHO to describe their own goods and services based upon such meditations and movements.”
After the German Bakery blast in 2010, the tourists’ tour through the Osho Commune has been stopped for security reasons as it has come under the radar of terrorists, and rightly so. Only, this has become another reason for curbs on people visiting it.
When Moneylife contacted Ma Sadhana, she brushed off the issue of gifting away part of the property, thus—“It is a storm in a teacup. We are all happy here, alive and kicking. We have no problems. There is no petition filed with the Charity Commissioner.”
Pune’s Osho Commune is a national heritage as Osho has an international following, the like not seen for any other Indian spiritual master. While his philosophy of ‘Sex to super-consciousness’ had come under bitter criticism when he propagated it in the early 1970s, today his books, audio & video cassettes are widely sold in practically every country. He has brought about a unique spiritual innovation that has been accepted beyond India.
It is time that leading followers of Osho who walked away from the Commune and started their own centres in different parts of the country and were erstwhile faces of the Commune like Ma Yoga Neelam (Osho’s secretary), Swami Tathagat (Osho Commune’s administration-in-charge), Swami Satya Vedant (former chancellor, Osho Multi-Varsity) and Swami Chaitanya Keerti come forward to launch a mass campaign against any demolition or alleged closure of the Osho Commune. They need to give strong support to Swami Premgeet (Yogesh Thakkar) and Swami Prem Anadi (Kishor Raval) who are presently opposing the Commune’s recent move in the Charity Commissioner’s office in Mumbai.
Simultaneously, it is time the state and Central governments suo motu come forward to preserve this national heritage.
(Vinita Deshmukh is consulting editor of Moneylife. She is also an RTI activist and convener of the Pune Metro Jagruti Abhiyaan. She can be reached This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ).
Osho Foundation skips dates with charity commissioner
Published: Saturday, Nov 12, 2011, 11:38 IST
By Rajesh Rao | Place: Pune | Agency: DNA
After making a controversial application to the charity commissioner, Mumbai, to “gift” valuable property valued at more than Rs8 crore to an obscure trust in Delhi, representatives of Osho International Foundation (OIF) have failed to show up at two hearings conducted by the charity commissioner’s office.
Although hearings were scheduled on October 7 and 20, in connection with objections raised to the gift proposal, OIF representatives skipped them. The spokesperson for the trust, Amrit Sadhana, declined to give details and sent a cryptic message, “The matter is sub-judice.”
As reported extensively by DNA in October, while Osho followers Yogesh Thakkar (Swami Prem Geet) and Kishor Raval (Swami Prem Anadi) have challenged the OIF application to the charity commissioner, another disciple, Nitin Phulphagar (Swami Nitin Bharati), has joined them in challenging various activities of the OIF.
All three have questioned the OIF’s gift deed application moved by OIF trustee, Mukesh Sarda, under section 36(1)(a) of the Bombay Public Trusts Act, 1950. The application proposes to gift “six units” in Little Woods Co-op Housing Society, plot number 22 in Koregaon Park, to New Delhi-based Darshan Trust, with its registered office at A-34, Defence Colony.
The property is named ‘Osho Sanai’ with single-storey bungalows in Lane 1.
The OIF application states that the gift was being proposed after a request was made by trustees of Darshan Trust, whose objectives were similar to that of the OIF. The OIF decided that the 6,611-square-foot property in Koregaon Park was “excess space”, which was not required by the OIF to fulfill its
objectives.
Therefore it decided unanimously to donate the property to Darshan Trust. The aims and objectives of Darshan Trust were stated as education, teaching of yoga, meditation and philosophy and medical relief, among other
activities of public utility.
The OIF controls the Osho International Meditation Resort, formerly the Osho Commune, and related activities spread over nearly 35 acres in Koregaon Park.
Meanwhile, the property dispute around the Osho International Meditation Resort has triggered an online networking buzz among Osho’s followers. The petitioners against the OIF, Yogesh Thakkar and Kishore Raval have formed ‘Osho Team Poona’ and started an online campaign “Save Osho Premises”, a forum for interaction, posting documents and their voices on a website, www.oshowork.org. This has triggered a buzz among the sanyasins.
“We are getting support from across the world. Followers from Germany, Thailand, UK, Japan and other countries are in touch with us and are extending their support to our campaign to save the Osho premises in Pune. This is for the first time that someone has challenged the functioning of the commune trust on legal grounds with supporting proof,” said Thakkar.
The questions that are circulating through various postings on networking sites are: Who has the rights to the estimated Rs1,000-crore Osho Commune property in Koregaon Park? Is it not time for sanyasins to ask for financial transparency about the workings of this temple of meditation? Does the secular government of India not have any responsibility towards spiritual heritage places such as this?
Questions are also being asked by followers if this is the first step towards winding it up: Is the Commune broke? Is it just a property deal, or an attempt to shut shop? Why such magnanimity of gifting commune property?
Osho’s Pune commune now riven by property dispute
The Tribune
Shiv Kumar/TNS
Mumbai, October 15
Osho Rajneesh’s 35-acre commune in Pune's upmarket Koregaon Park area is once again in the eye of the storm. This time, a section of the spiritual mystic’s followers have accused the trustees running the organisation, mainly foreigners, of attempting to sell the Rs 1,000-crore property to a Pune-base
d developer linked to a top Maharashtra-based politician.
Popular among foreigners and the rich set still enamored with the mystique of Rajneesh, the sprawling commune -- now renamed as the Osho International Meditation Resort -- attracts hundreds of people every day. Entrance fees cost as much as Rs 1,000 with other facilities like food and beverages charged extra.
Trustees who run the ashram have also filed an application before the Charity Commissioner seeking the incorporation of a private limited company to manage the affairs of the organisation. This has rankled a section of Osho’s followers, who have filed a petition challenging the plan.
In their petition, Yogesh Thakkar, alias Swami Prem Geet, and Kishore Raval, alias Swami Prem Anandi sought a stay on any attempt to sell the property. "The Pune properties of the commune were established by Osho's followers, who spent their hard labour, time, money and dedication in order to teach Osho's philosophy," the petition stated.
The petitioners went on to say that the Osho Foundation was controlled by three individuals — Michael O'Byrne alias Swami Jayesh, George Meredith alias Swami Amrito, and Darcy O'Byrne alias Swami Yogendra, who took over the organisation after the death of Rajneesh on January 19, 1990.
"We would like the Osho Foundation to function in a more democratic manner. There should be more of Osho's followers in the body and they should have a say in the Foundation’s decisions," Thakkar said.
However, the Osho International Foundation has denied that attempts are afoot to sell off the property to any builder. "There is no move to sell the property to any builder. We run meditation centres and spread the philosophy of Osho," said Amrit Sadhana, a spokeswoman of the body.
Meanwhile, a section of Osho's followers have begun an online campaign to protect the Pune ashram.
‘Gifting’ lands OIF on murky grounds
Jagran City
15 October 2011
WHEN THE RUMOURS OF THE ERSTWHILE SALE OF THE OSHO INTERNATIONAL MEDITATION RESORT, ESTIMATED AT Rs. 1,000 CRORE SPREAD OVER AN AREA OF 28 ACRES, IT CREATED RIPPLES AMONGST THE RESIDENTS OF KOREGAON PARK.

Osho International Foundation (OIF) was dragged into yet another controversy because of the petition filed by Yogesh Thakk
er and Kishore Raval before the Charity Commissioner at Mumbai alleging that OIF was making an attempt to sell the trust premises to politically influenced persons from Pune and Mumbai. Ma Amrit Sadhana, spokesperson of OIF, talking to Cityplus stated that no application was made to sell property of the meditation resort. 

On digging further into the matter, Cityplus found that there had indeed been an application (number 87/11) filed by trustee of Osho International Foundation (OIF) Mukesh Sarda at the office of the Honorable Charity Commissioner at Mumbai, dated September 19, 2011. This application is filed by OIF to transfer the portion of trust property by way of gift to Darshan Trust, a public Charitable trust situated in New Delhi under Section 36 of Public Charitable Trust Act 1950. When questioned about Darshan Trust, Ma Sadhana in an elusive reply said, “it is one of the trusts who is helping us” and did not give any further information.

Cityplus found that the trust is registered at A-34, Defence Colony, New Delhi and carried the name plate of B V Taneja. A phone call to the Darshan Trust was answered by a lady who claimed that she had never heard of the trust and then the phone was put on hold. The second person who came on the line confirmed that it was the registered office of Darshan Trust and identified herself to be Ramni Taneja. She said that she was a lawyer and that she was just the postal address for the trust and that the trustees were based in Pune. She asked Cityplus to “speak to one of the trustees, Mukesh Sarda who is in Pune.” Mukesh Sarda incidentally happens to also be a trustee of OIF who has filed an application on behalf of OIF wanting to gift gifts of Six (6) Units in Little Woods Co-operative Housing Society Ltd. admeasuring total area of approximately 6,611.82 sq ft situated at Plot No. 22, Koregaon Park, Pune 411001 to Darshan Trust, a Public Charitable Trust having its registered office at A-34, Defence Colony, New Delhi-110 024. Meanwhile the petitioners Yogesh Thakkar alias Swami Prem Geet and Kishor Raval alias Swami Prem Anadi, have appealed to OIF not to create or cause to create any third party interests in the properties by the way of sell, gift lease, easement, endowment or otherwise. “These properties and its benefit factors belong to Osho followers who have created it in the presence of Osho with their time, money and dedication. This objection includes all the infrastructure developments which have taken place in the said trusts premises,” the appeal says.

When Cityplus spoke to Ma Sadhana, she labeled the allegations of the sale as just rumours and that few individuals (Sunyasins) outside the resort were trying to influence media. She clarified that there has been no application made to sell the property of the meditation resort and “with the permission of the Charity Commissioner our property No. 9, has a mortgage against a small bank loan for renovations and upgrades that have occurred over the last three years including substantial costs to implement a world class security system,” When Cityplus spoke to Kishor Raval, he said that the application for gifting part of Osho Ashram was in contradiction of the statements made by Ma Amrit Sadhana. “Our question is that if they are mortgaging ashram property No. 9 to raise funds for renovation and upgradation, then why this generous act of gifting is required?” The Objectors explained that the followers of Osho have been witnessing, changes happening within the Meditation Resort. “People in the resort have suddenly become secretive; they indiscriminately banned people entering the meditation resort on basis of asking too many questions, the entry fee, etc.

The Objectors had mentioned Michael O Byrne, alias Swami Jayesh, George Meredith, alias Swami Amrito, and Darcy O Byrne, alias Swami Yogendra, as leaders of the Osho faction that took full control of the Osho trusts after the mystic’s controversial death at his Pune commune on January 19, 1990 whereupon, Ma Sadhana, justified these three people were personally appointed as Chariman and Deputy Chairman of the Inner Circle by Osho. Replying to this, Raval said, “We heartily appreciate presence and contributions of Swami Jayesh, Amrito and Yogendra. Respectively, we would like to have list of Inner Circle members and period of their tenure holding membership of Osho’s Inner Circle since its inception.”
Raval added that the resort needed to end commercialization and monopolization of Osho’s premises, articles and intellectual property rights. He said that in their application to the Charity Commissioner, they had mentioned that “The said foundation (OIF) is mismanaged and there are efforts of conversion of the same into a private resort company for private benefits, the said trustees have established a company named Osho Multimedia and Resorts Pvt. Ltd, wherein the trustees are the directors of the said company established for commercial gains.”
“Our contention is that all development in the OIF property is done by thousands of Osho disciples from around the world by contributing their time, money, labor and dedication to Osho during and after Osho,” Raval said. He also stressed upon the fact that the Foundation should declare income and expenditure accounts in respect of earning of Osho’s intellectual property rights. Section 36 of the BPT Act, 1950, states that ‘presanction of charity commissioner for sale/mortgage of immovable property of public trust is must irrespective of whatever is mentioned in the bye-laws of the trust.

The Objectioners petition stated that the Pune properties of the Osho Foundation represented a spiritual home for the Osho community worldwide and if such sale/gifting was allowed by the charity commissioner then, it would cause a great loss to Osho’s legacy which he had left for the mankind.

—SANGEETA JAIN
PRACH BARI
RENUKA SURYAVANSHI
Osho Foundation's activities need to be probed
Source: Abhay Vaidya, DNA | Last Updated 08:51(15/10/11)
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Pune: Once again, disturbing facts have come to light with regard to the Osho International Foundation (OIF), which controls valuable assets, including an estimated Rs 1,000 crore worth of prime property, and which conducts its affairs in high secrecy.

The government and the citizens need to decide whether there is need to demand greater transparency from OIF, whether Osho's samadhi in Koregaon Park needs to be opened to the public, and whether the properties of this trust should be nationalised to safeguard the interests of Osho's followers.

Ever since the spiritual mystic, Osho Rajneesh, died in Pune on January 19, 1990, one controversy after another has been dogging the OIF. First, Osho's followers split into two factions, with one group (led by three foreigners) taking full control of the OIF properties. The other group, comprising mainly Indians, left the commune on their own or were forced to do so.

The two factions clashed bitterly over OIF's attempt to copyright Osho meditations and intellectual property, but this was rejected by a US court.

While the OIF has certainly beautified the premises and transformed it into an international meditation resort, not all are happy with the changes. Access to the premises is highly restricted, daily entry fee has been increased sharply and many traditions discontinued.

OIF's latest bid to gift a valuable property of nearly Rs 8 crore to an obscure Darshan Trust in New Delhi has not only been challenged by Osho's followers, but has also revealed links between OIF and this trust.
Clearly, someone needs to move the government or the courts to protect what belongs to the community of Osho's followers before it is too late.
Osho trustee’s unsavoury Darshan
Published: Saturday, Oct 15, 2011, 8:00 IST | Updated: Saturday, Oct 15, 2011, 1:38 IST
By Aditya Kaul | Place: Mumbai | Agency: DNA
Who is Mukesh Sarda and what exactly is his role in the Pune-based Osho International Foundation’s proposal to gift Rs8 crore worth of prime property to the obscure, New Delhi-based Darshan Trust?
In a series of exclusive reports si
nce October 9, DNA has brought to light how Osho International Foundation’s (OIF) trustee Mukesh Sarda has filed a controversial application before the charity commissioner, Mumbai, seeking permission to “gift” “six units” (6,611 sqft) of prime property to New Delhi-based Darshan Trust. This property, Osho Sanai, is located in Little Woods Co-op Housing Society, plot number 22, Koregaon Park.

The application records Darshan Trust’s registered office address as A-34, Defence Colony, New Delhi. But a visit to A-34, Defence Colony by this reporter revealed that it is neither the property of Darshan Trust, nor does the trust have its office there. The property — a plush two-storey residential compound — belongs to the father of Darshan Trust’s lawyer and Supreme Court advocate Ramni Taneja.

Speaking to DNA on Friday, Ramni Taneja said, “Under law you are allowed to give the address of your lawyer for any correspondence. Their office is in Pune. This is my office and residence.”

Taneja said she was not aware of DNA’s report about the controversy pertaining to the Rs8 crore “gift” her client was in the process of receiving. Instead, she offered to give the phone number of the Trust’s contact person, who turned out to be Mukesh Sarda.

When told that Sarda is a prominent trustee in OIF, Taneja explained, “He represents both Darshan Trust and OIF.” When asked how it was possible for Sarda to represent both OIF and Darshan Trust at the same time, she said, “I don’t know, you will have to ask him only.”

When asked about her status with respect to the two trusts, Taneja said, “I represent Darshan Trust and Osho International Foundation also. I take care of OIF’s Delhi region matters.”

Taneja, however, was unwilling to give Darshan’s Trust’s Pune address and said, “You will have to ask Mukesh Sarda only.”

When Sarda was asked to reveal the address of the Darshan Trust office in Pune, he said it was located “at the same place where the OIF has its office.”

When asked specifically, “And you represent both Darshan Trust and OIF?” Sarda paused and responded. “Yes I do.”

He, however, refused to elaborate on the matter and from here on said, “The matter is sub judice and I cannot tell you anything.”

Two minutes later, Sarda called up this correspondent to correct himself and said, “I am not representing Darshan Trust. The trust has its trustees who are representing it.”
Osho Foundation out to gift Rs 8 crore property to Delhi trust
Published: Friday, Oct 14, 2011, 8:00 IST
By Abhay Vaidya | Place: Mumbai | Agency: DNA
In a move that has triggered a raging controversy among
followers of Osho Rajneesh, the Osho International Foundation (OIF) has applied to Mumbai’s charity commissioner seeking permission to gift prime property estimated at Rs8 crore to an unknown trust in Delhi.

This has agitated a large section of the followers who have accused the OIF of surreptitiously trying to dispose of valuable real estate meant for the propagation of Osho’s philosophy. The OIF controls the Osho International Meditation Resort, formerly the Osho Commune, and related activities spread over nearly 30-35 acres of land at Koregaon Park.

Two Osho followers, Yogesh Thakkar (Swami Prem Geet) and Kishor Raval (Swami Prem Anadi), have challenged the OIF application in the charity commissionerate. Another disciple, Nitin Phulphagar (Swami Nitin Bharati), has joined them in challenging various activities of the OIF.

All three have questioned the gift deed application at a time when the OIF spokesperson Amrit Sadhana has admitted to mortgaging property No. 9 against a bank loan to raise funds for renovation.

The application, signed by OIF trustee Mukesh Sarda dated September 19, 2011, has been made under Section 36(1)(a) of the Bombay Public Trusts Act, 1950. It proposes to gift “six units” in Little Woods Co-op Housing Society, plot number 22, Koregaon Park to New Delhi-based Darshan Trust with its registered office at A-34, Defence Colony.

The property, named Osho Sanai, is a single-storied bungalow in Lane number 1.

The OIF application states that the trustees of Darshan Trust with its office in Delhi had approached the OIF “with a request for some space to accommodate the teachers and participants of its activities in Pune”.

Since the objectives of the Darshan Trust and the OIF are similar, the matter was discussed in detail at a meeting of the trustees on August 14, 2011, the application states.

At that meeting, OIF trustee Mukesh Sarda informed that the 6,611 sq ft property at Koregaon Park plot No. 22 was “excess space” which was not required by the OIF to fulfil its objectives. Also, that the OIF was incurring expenses to maintain and repair this property without deriving any income from it.

It was decided unanimously at this meeting that the property would be donated to Darshan Trust, subject to the approval and sanction of the charity commissioner and provided that the stamp duty, registration and other expenses towards the alienation of the property was borne by Darshan Trust.

According to the application, in 1997, this property comprising six units in Little Woods Co-op Housing Society Ltd was received as a gift by six different foundations.

The 10 page application states that a number of trusts were amalgamated in the OIF at various points of time in previous years, “for better administration and management and carrying out the common activities of the trusts…”

When asked by DNA to provide details of Darshan Trust, OIF’s spokesperson Amrit Sadhana said, “The trustees said that the matter is sub-judice, therefore we cannot comment on it.”
Responses by Sannyasins to Amrit Sadhana's statement
Today, many sannyasins responded to a statement given by Ma Amrit Sadhana of the Osho International Meditation Resort management team in reaction to a news item carried by DNA newspaper (http://epaper.dnaindia.com/) yesterday, October 9, 2011.
Here is a selection:
This is a pitiable self-congratulatory cover up effort of all that has n
ot been done by this team of three individuals controlling the Indians in the Pune Osho Commune. While we refer to the place as Osho Commune it may be noted that the very reason for changing the name from commune to resort could have been to de-link the place and property from a commune or ashram to a private holding. This way it would make it easier for the trio (Jayesh, Amrito and Jayesh’ brother Yogendra) to be able to sell off the assets of the Osho Commune.
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It is noteworthy that since the establishment of Shree Rajneesh Ashram in 1974, huge amounts of resources have been pooled into the place by hundreds of Osho’s disciples. The question is, who has the right to own these assets? Obviously each and every sannyasin of Osho who has given his /her complete blood and sweat to the place, those who devoted their lives to Osho’s work and vision. And those who with their love and dedication for the master transformed this place into a temple of meditation. For hundreds of thousands of disciples from around the world this place is a gurudwara where they meditated together with the master. It is a dhyan mandir.
“I am against any kind of organization because every organization has proved an enemy of truth, a murderer of love.
I trust in the individual.
Each and every sannyasin, alone, is my medium.
Each and every sannyasin is connected to me directly.
There is no organization between me and you.
There is no priesthood between me and you.”
Osho, The Osho Upanishad, Ch 43, Q 5
“Each sannyasin has to be my successor, has to be me. There is no need for anybody to dominate. There is nobody for anybody to dictate to. They are on their own. If they want to be together they can be together. Out of their own freedom, it is their choice and their decision.”
Osho, The Last Testament, Vol-2, Chapter-14
This gang of three aided by an Indian called Mukesh Sarda have been claiming to own the spiritual legacy of Osho. OIF has been making false claims to trademarks of the name Osho and the meditations given by him, in addition to copyrights of all the public discourses given by Osho, totaling to about 9000 hours in Hindi and English. They were squarely defeated in a ten year long lawsuit by Osho Friends International (www.oshofriendsinternational.com) in the USA and have now been challenged similarly in Europe by the Osho Cologne centre.
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The workings of the Pune commune have been questioned by a majority of Osho’s disciples throughout the world. Senior sannyasins have been doubting the intentions of three westerners controlling this place of worship and converting it into a private property. How three foreigners have come to control all the public trusts and societies of the commune is a question mark for disciples. Dummy (benami) names of Indians have been used in the trusts and societies.
The 35 acres of prime property is owned by not one but several trusts and societies, each having benami names of Indians. The strategy now seems to be to change ownership from the trusts to the private limited company OIMR, where it will be possible to have foreign directors and shareholders. As a company for profit with the objectives of managing resorts and media they would be able to take dividends and shareholdings out of India.
Hence the application to the Charity Commissioner for sale of the property. With the involvement of powerful politicians of Maharastra it may be easy to influence the Charity Commissioner. For all we know the sale may actually take place outside of India and the proceeds will then also remain outside of India. Indians are familiar with such transactions happening offshore and proceeds going to the favoured country – Switzerland.
It is wonderful to hear that Indian sannyasins in Pune have taken the initiative to oppose this move to sell properties. Efforts to sell properties of the commune have been in the air on and off and friends have often been talking about big real estate agents scouting for customers in Mumbai and Pune. Fortunately potential customers have be
en wise not to entrust their money to three foreigners with doubtful credibility. Business organizations would think twice before buying properties of religious trusts as this may become a very hot potato with all the opposition from the followers.
In India this can happen only with political clout. The media reports in Pune and Mumbai have raised the question if politicians are eyeing this property worth more than 200 million US dollars. No wonder the government of Maharashtra has not yet taken any action against the move of these three westerners who obviously enjoy political protection.
Is there no law in India to check foreigners controlling huge amounts of religious assets without proper legalities?
- First of all, there has been no application made to sell property of the meditation resort.
Time will tell if the spokesperson, Ma Sadhana, needs to eat her words. The copy of the application is not yet on the net yet but hopefully sannyasins opposing the sale will come up with a copy soon for all of us to see. OIF may not initially want to sell the properties directly to an outside party. Their biggest hurdle is the Charity Commissioner who controls all the trusts of Maharashtra. They would want to get out of this control and so transferring the properties to some other entities out of Charity Commissioner’s purview would be logically the first step.
- Secondly, with the permission of the Charity Commissioner, our property #9 has a mortgage against a small bank loan for renovations and upgrades that have occurred over the last three years including substantial costs to implement a world class security system. This loan practice is in the ordinary course of business, is current and in good standing and falls within our standard operating model.
Did anyone speak about any mortgage or loans? What is this about?
- For your information, in terms of operations Osho International entered into a Joint Venture with Godrej Properties in order to carry out the construction of the Osho Guest House and the world famous, Osho Auditorium with a construction cost of 32 crores. 65 % of the construction cost of 32 crores came to the foundation from sales profits.
Congratulations, can we please have some accounts of the 30 crores profit made on the auditorium? Let’s remember that the property is owned by a trust. What was done with that money?
This brings us to an important issue of financial transparency about the financial management of the place. There is different guesswork floating in the air, facts and rumours all mixed together creating an aroma so pleasant to gossip.The workings of the place have been completely hushed up and are known only to Jayesh or to his helper, Mukesh Sarda.
Is it not time that sannyasins ask for financial transparency about the workings of this temple of meditation?
Does the secular government of India not have any responsibility of spiritual heritage places such as this?
Why are they not concerned when three foreigners come to plunder their most precious heritage of spirituality, whereas all these political leaders of India never tire of boasting about the great religious legacy of this country?
- Over the 20 years since Osho left his body, 110,000 square feet of developed space has been created for use. When Osho left his body there was a total of 15,000 useable square feet, so in effect we have increased useable square feet by seven times!
Well done. Great figure work like that of a Mumbai builder’s salesperson.
Sannyasins would like to know what has the management done to this temple. This used to be a commune bustling with energy and full of meditation activities; thousands of people from all over the world converged here for years and today a pitiful number of less than 100 somedays just a handful are seen during meditations. That’s where the management has a problem, being more real estate developers and money makers than facilitators for Osho’s work. Love is gone over these 20 years.
- In addition, in this time we have added the front road development and the award winning Osho Teerth Park.
Good work doing the road. And thanks for the park.
- Regarding the people named in the article, Jayesh, Amrito and Yogendra, it should be noted that Jayesh and Amrito were respectively personally appointed Chairman and Deputy Chairman of the Inner Circle by Osho.
The Inner Circle appointed by Osho has already been destroyed by Jayesh and Amrito. Please do not take refuge behind the Inner Circle. The Chairman and Deputy Chairman ensured that it does not work in the way as Osho had envisioned it. Spiritual inner circles can work only with inner harmony and love and meditativeness, not with intrigue, conspiracy and authoritarian attitude.
What are the other credentials of these three people? There have been reports of criminal cases – one in Canada about Jayesh (Michael O’Byrne, who is now known merely as Michael Byrne), and reports of his younger brother Darcy O’Byrne having a pending FIR in Pune for rape, and the third faithful, Amrito, who appears to be inebriated every night, as witnessed by Koregaon Park’s residents; all of this is publically known, posted on the net.
- All three have a major focus on International Media and making Osho available. To that end, Osho in now available in printed books in some 60 languages, and has been seen by some 19 million people on the Osho International YouTube Channel. Osho has a yearly digital reach of over 350 million digital impressions through, digital mediums including, osho.com, Facebook and Twitter. While it took almost 30 years to have Osho published in the mentioned 60 languages it has taken just two years to have Osho’s video talks translated to that same figure.
Brilliant performance results are being expertly rattled out and credit is given to those three individuals. Please be reminded that these results are simply commonplace in present day technology. What has not been mentioned is the policing that has been done on the net and over the meditation centres.
It should be mentioned just how many Osho related websites have been pulled down. It should be mentioned how many of Osho’s discourses that were available on Youtube have been pulled down. It has not been mentioned how many Facebook pages that posted Osho quotes or videos were closed by actions of the management. Much of the internet presence that disciples created worldwide was attempted to be slashed by this policing.
And the management continues to charge royalties for all the books contracted out to world publishers, while entry charges to the Osho Commune have been increased. Osho’s discourses are being made available for profit but where does that profit go?
This group has not been facilitating the growth of Osho’s work but killing sannyasins’ and Osho Centres initiatives by threats of legal actions.
Presumably it will be said that the accounts are filed with the Charity Commissioners of Mumbai or Pune, and whoever wants can go and look for them there. And just who will be able to do this?
- The trustees and management team will continue with best efforts to best support the Osho proposal.
We would like to trust that the best efforts will prevail. But to what end? What is the Osho proposal? To all of Osho’s sannyasins’ best understanding of His proposal is of love and meditation, dance and celebration. But alas anyone visiting ‘the resort’ does not feel the love and meditation.
So what is this proposal for which the best efforts will be made ? Presently it appears the efforts are to clean out the place and make it a resort focused on commercial activity. There is no love, there is no meditation. Yes, there are dance programs but there is no celebration. Love is gone, the essence is gone.
Also, all sannyasins would like to know who is meant when Trustees are mentioned. Are these the benami names of Indian sannyasins on the trust papers who don’t even know what is going on?
Amrit Sadhana Responds to DNA article
Osho International Meditation Resort, Pune
10/9/2011
In response to the article published in DNA on 9/9/2011.
Some highlights regarding expansion of the meditation resort over the years since Osho left his body.
- First of all, there has been no application made to sell property of the meditation resort.
- Secondly, with the permission of the Charity Commissioner, our property #9 has a mortgage against a small bank loan for renovations and upgrades that have occurred over the last three years including substantial costs to implement a world class security system. This loan practice is in the ordinary course of business, is current and in good standing and falls within our standard operating model.
- The management committee has been in place for over 20 years as is the case for the Trustees and Directors

- For your information, in terms of operations Osho International entered into a Joint Venture with Godrej Properties in order to carry out the construction of the Osho Guest House and the world famous, Osho Auditorium with a construction cost of 32 crores. 65 % of the construction cost of 32 crores came to the foundation from sales profits.

- Over the 20 years since Osho left his body, 110,000 square feet of developed space has been created for use. When Osho left his body there was a total of 15,000 useable square feet, so in effect we have increased useable square feet by seven times!

- In addition, in this time we have added the front road development and the award winning Osho Teerth Park. 

- Regarding the people named in the article, Jayesh, Amrito and Yogendra, it should be noted that Jayesh and Amrito were respectively personally appointed Chairman and Deputy Chairman of the Inner Circle by Osho. 

- All three have a major focus on International Media and making Osho available. To that end, Osho in now available in printed books in some 60 languages, and has been seen by some 19 million people on the Osho International YouTube Channel. Osho has a yearly digital reach of over 350 million digital impressions through, digital mediums including, osho.com, FaceBook and Twitter. While it took almost 30 years to have Osho published in the mentioned 60 languages it has taken just two years to have Osho video talks translated to that same figure.

The trustees and management team will continue with best efforts to best support the Osho proposal.
Amrit Sadhana
Management Team
Osho members want inquiry into functioning of commune trusts
MIDDAY
By: Kaumudi Gurjar Date: 2011-10-10 Place: Pune
Suspecting irregularities, two prominent members to send application to Charity Commissioner's office for investigation

All is not well with the Osho commune. After rumours of the commune being handed over to a private trust got public, two prominent members have come forward
and have raised questions on the funds managed by the trusts.
Yogesh Thakkar, alias Swami Premgeet, and Kishore Raval, alias Swami Prem Anadi, are in the process of filing an application to Mumbai's Charity Commissioner's office demanding an inquiry into alleged mismanagement of Osho International Foundation and Neo Sanyas Foundation the trusts which manage the Osho International in the city.
This comes after the two had filed an application last Wednesday demanding rejection of application number 87/11 P.T.R. number F14570 (M) filed under Section 36 of the Bombay Public Trusts Act of 1950, which states the pre-sanction of the Charity Commissioner for sale, mortgage or immovable property of a public trust is a must irrespective of what is mentioned in the bylaws of the trust.

Sources from the Osho commune said that the 35 acres of Osho commune estimated to be worth Rs 1,000 crore will be gifted to a certain Darshan Trust.

Sources also claim that after the commune is handed over to the Trust, it might be sold to a prominent real estate developer Atul Chordia of Panchil Property.

Asked about this, Chordia sounded surprised and said: "There is no such talk. We have not submitted any tender regarding this. This information is untrue."

Swami Premgeet said: "The application will be filed to protect the Osho commune.
We suspect some of the Osho International Foundation trustee members have established a company called Osho Multimedia Resorts Private Ltd."

Swami Premgeet and Swami Prem Anadi allege that the Osho commune has been running in a commercial manner.

Online campaign
AN online campaign Save Osho Premises at Pune is getting support from across the world.
Swami Premgeet and Swami Prem Anadi said followers from Thailand, Malaysia, the UK and the US were in touch with them and had extended their support to the campaign to save Osho premises in the city.
Osho followers vow to protect R 1,000 crore Pune property
Source: Abhay Vaidya, DNA | Last Updated 06:59(10/10/11)
Pune: The property dispute around the Osho International Meditation Resort's (erstwhile Osho Commune) estimated Rs 1,000-crore real estate in Pune has triggered a worldwide networking buzz among Osho's followers after an exclusive report by DNA on Sunday.
Many followers from across the country and abroad have expressed eagerness to protect the property from land sharks with strong political connections in Pune and Mumbai, in response to a petition filed by two Osho followers with the charity commissioner in Mumbai.
"We have been receiving calls and messages from Gujarat, Delhi, Mumbai and even abroad, pledging support in our fight to protect the Osho trust properties in Pune," said Yogesh Thakkar (alias Swami Prem Geet), one of the petitioners against the application by the Osho International Foundation (OIF).
Thakkar, who was present — along with his co-petitioner, Kishore Raval (alias Swami Prem Anadi) — while speaking to DNA, said they felt overwhelmed by the support from Osho's followers to their initiative to demand transparency in the OIF activities in Pune.

As reported by DNA on Sunday, the two petitioners filed on Wednesday last raised serious objections to OIF's application No. 87/11 [P.T.R. No. F 14570 (M)] filed under section 36 of the Bombay Public Trusts Act, 1950.

Section 36 of the BPT Act states that "pre-sanction of charity commissioner for sale or mortgage of immovable property of public trust is must, irrespective of whatever is mentioned in the by-laws of the trust".

Their petition states that three prominent trustees of the OIF, all foreigners, were attempting "to sell the trust premises in Pune to politically influenced persons from Pune and Mumbai".

These three individuals were identified in the petition as Michael O'Byrne (alias Swami Jayesh), George Meredith (alias Swami Amrito) and Darcy O'Byrne (Swami Yogendra), leaders of the Osho faction which took full control of the Osho trusts after the mystic's controversial death in his Pune commune on January 19, 1990.

Raising serious objections over the functioning of the Osho trusts Thakkar — who was initiated into sanyas personally by Osho Rajneesh in 1979 — told DNA that the entire decision making lies in the hands of just 3-4 individuals. "Just three foreigners are taking all the decisions and everyone else has been systematically deleted (sic)," he said.

While demanding that the decision-making in the Osho trusts be expanded and democratised, Thakkar and Raval alleged that the common man's access to the Osho Commune, renamed Osho International Meditation Resort, had been made difficult.

"There's an entry fee of Rs 1,000 per day for foreigners and Rs 480 for Indians. There's additional cost for food and other facilities," he said, while demanding that the Osho premises be available to the people at "a reasonable cost such as Rs 100 per day."

When asked by DNA, OIF spokesperson Amrit Sadhana acknowledged that spending a day at the Osho resort would cost about Rs 1,000 per person, which was comparable to lunch in a star hotel or a visit to a multiplex. "These charges include access to more than six meditations in the auditorium which is air-conditioned, besides other facilities," she said.

Thakkar also demanded that Osho's Samadhi, where his ashes have been buried in what was his bedroom at the time of his death, be called as such by the Osho trust authorities. He alleged that the word "samadhi" was being deliberately erased by the authorities to make it easy to sell the property in future or use it for other purposes.

The OIF spokesperson Sadhana vehemently denied this charge. "We do not say that he is dead and therefore we don't use the word samadhi," she said.

Spread over nearly 35 acres, the Osho International Meditation Resort in upmarket Koregaon Park bears special significance for Osho's followers as this was where he did his life's work and where his samadhi with his ashes is located.
Are politicians eyeing Osho's R 1,000 crore property in Pune?
Source: Abhay Vaidya, DNA | Last Updated 08:44(09/10/11)
Pune: A major property dispute is beginning to erupt over the lucrative Koregaon Park properties controlled by
the Osho International Foundation (OIF), conservatively estimated at Rs 1,000 crore and spread over 35 acre.
On Wednesday, two followers of controversial mystic Osho, also known as Osho Rajneesh, petitioned to the charity commissioner, Mumbai, raising serious objections to OIF's application no 87/11 (P.T.R. No. F 14570 (M)) filed under section 36 of the Bombay Public Trusts (BPT) Act, 1950.
Section 36 of the BPT Act, 1950, states that 'pre-sanction of charity commissioner for sale/mortgage of immovable property of public trust is must irrespective of whatever is mentioned in the bye-laws of the trust'.
The petitioners -- Yogesh Thakkar, alias Swami Prem Geet, and Kishore Raval, alias Swami Prem Anandi -- prayed that 'the application to sell the property situated at Pune be rejected' as the Pune properties were established by Osho's followers 'with hard labour, time, money and dedication' for the purpose of teaching Osho's philosophy.
The petition stated that the activities of the OIF and its trustees were influenced mainly by three individuals 'in an attempt to sell the trust premises at Pune to politically influenced persons from Pune and Mumbai'.
These three individuals were identified as Michael O'Byrne, alias Swami Jayesh, George Meredith, alias Swami Amrito, and Darcy O'Byrne, alias Swami Yogendra, who are leaders of the Osho faction that took full control of the Osho trusts after the mystic's controversial death at his Pune commune on January 19, 1990.
The petition alleged that efforts were on to convert the activities of the foundation into a private limited company for which a company called "Osho Multimedia & Resorts Pvt Ltd." had been established wherein the trustees are directors of the said company.
This company, the petition said, was established for commercial gains that went against the basic principles of Osho and his philosophy.
The petition stated that the Pune properties of the Osho Foundation represented a spiritual home for the Osho community worldwide and if this sale was allowed by the charity commissioner then, it would cause a great loss to Osho's legacy which he had left for the mankind.
Incidentally, Osho's Samadhi with his ashes is located in the erstwhile Osho Commune that was later transformed into the Osho International Meditation Resort. Originally established on a five-acre plot after Osho moved base from Mumbai to Pune in the mid-1970s, the Commune gradually expanded to own 35 acres in Pune.
An online 'Save Osho Premises at Pune' campaign has already begun among Osho's followers worldwide to galvanise support for the impending battle against any plans to sell the Pune properties.