PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh, who was ordered out of the United States
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh, who was ordered
out of the United States after he pleaded guilty to immigration
charges in 1985, will seek permission to return, his personal
secretary said Monday.
Ma Prem Hasya, in response to a question submitted by The
Associated Press, said in a statement that disciples of the
Indian guru would seek to overturn the court ruling ordering his
"As soon as Ronald Reagan and (Attorney General) Ed Meese are
out of office later this year, we are confident that we can get a
court to overturn a deportation decision and invite Bhagwan back
to America," Hasya said from Pune, India.
Since he left the United States in November 1985, Rajneesh has
lived at his ashram in Pune, site of his first commune.
Hasya said Rajneesh would not return to Oregon, where his
now-defunct desert commune of Rajneeshpuram once was home to the
guru and thousands of followers. But Hasya did not say what
locations would be considered.
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