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Implead CBI as respondent in Osho trust funds probe: Bombay HC

Press Trust of India  |  Mumbai 

The today directed that the be impleaded as a respondent in a seeking a probe by the agency into alleged and misappropriation of funds of the Osho Rajneesh

resident Yogesh Thakker had approached the high last year alleging that the spiritual guru's signature was forged in his will by the trustees of the Osho International Foundation.

While an FIR has been lodged with the police, Thakker claimed that the police had not made any substantial progress in the probe and hence, sought a direction to the to take over the investigation.

A division bench of justices R V More and Sadhana Jadhav today directed Thakker's lawyer Pradeep Havnur to implead the (CBI) and the Union as respondents in the

"We have to hear the also since you (petitioner) are seeking for probe by them. Issue notice to CBI," the said and posted the for further hearing on September 27.

According to Thakker, the trustees allegedly transferred money from the to private companies owned by them.

In 2012, Thakker wrote a letter to police commissioner following which an FIR was lodged against the trustees in 2013 but no progress was made.

Rajneesh passed away in 1990 and his will was prepared in 1989.

Thakker alleged that the will was forged. He supported his claim with a report of a private handwriting expert.

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First Published: Tue, September 12 2017. 16:57 IST