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Osho Ashram land sale issue, followers write to PM for intervention

Disciples of Osho have urged Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari to launch an investigation into activities of Osho International Foundation (OIF), a charitable trust, and also sought his intervention to stop the bid to sell two plots of the Osho Ashram at Koregaonkar Park in Pune delegation of Osho disciples earlier this week met the Governor and submitted him a memorandum of their demands.

Citing “financial distress” induced by the Covid pandemic, the Zurich-based OIF, which owns the sprawling Osho Commune in the Koregaon Park area of the city, has sought to sell two plots in the resort for Rs 107 crore. It has applied to the Charity Commissioner’s Office, seeking permission for selling the land. The matter is still pending.

The commune, the headquarters of the global sect established by Osho Rajneesh, had in March last year suspended its meditation activities, which drew the rich and the famous from around the world. The Foundation has decided to sell the two plots, each about 1.5 acres and which currently house a swimming pool and a tennis court, to Rajiv Bajaj, MD and CEO of Bajaj Auto, who lives on an adjacent plot. Since the OIF is a charitable trust, it filed an application before the office of the Charity Commissioner in Mumbai in January this year, seeking permission for the sale of the two plots.

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