Jan 8, 2014

Nationalise Maharishi's Trusts, Members Urge Shinde

Monday, 18 March 2013 | PNS | New Delhi

Intense tussle is going on between the relatives, followers and members of several charitable trusts of late Maharishi Mahesh Yogi for control of massive properties spread across the country as well as abroad.

Accusing land grabbing and illegal sale of properties by the relative of the Maharshi, some trust members and followers have complained to Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde for the nationalisation of the assets of Maharishi’s trusts.

The complaint to the Home Minister alleged that certain relatives of Maharishi had “illegally sold off and grabbed” thousands of crores worth properties of the trusts in Delhi, Noida, Durg in Chhattisgarh, Bhopal and Goa.

Maharishi who passed away five years ago had founded several trusts including SRM Foundation, Ved Vigyan Vidyapeeth, Mahila Dayan Vidyapeeth, Swami Brahmanad Charitable Trust, Maharishi Shiksha Sansathan and Maharishi Gandharv Ved Vidyapeeth. Maharishi, considered as Guru of Beatles, was headquartered in Holland in his last years. His network of  institutions have land value of more than Rs 60,000 crores.

For the past three years, several legal battles are going on in different courts in India and abroad between the family members and trust members for the control of the high value trusts. Meanwhile, Income Tax Department recently issued notices to the sellers and buyers of the controversial properties belong to the trust.

In the petition, the complainants alleged that 900 acres of Maharishi Nagar in Noida and thousands of crore worth lands in Golf Links in Delhi are all about to be grabbed by certain real estate agents and influential persons in connivance with Maharishi’s kin.

Urging for nationalisation of the properties of the trusts, the complainants have alleged that certain relatives of Maharishi executed sale deeds by forging signatures. 

It has also been alleged that some relatives of the Maharishi illegally transferred the lands of the trusts to certain companies, where they are themselves directors.


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