HC asks Sansthan – others to settle the controversy over Ashutosh’s cremation

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Chandigarh, September 29- Hearing the case pertaining to Nurmahal-based Divya Jyoti Jagriti Sansthan sect head Ashutosh Maharaj’s cremation, the Punjab and Haryana High Court has asked the Punjab government, Divya Jyoti Jagriti Sansthan and others concerned parties to put their heads together to settle the controversy.

During the resumed hearing of the case on Tuesday, the division Bench headed by Justice Satish Kumar Mittal asked all concerned to reach to a consensus on the issue before placing the final solution before High Court on November 30. The stay orders, against hisPunjab-and-Haryana-High-Court cremation, will continue till then.

The Bench also made it clear that assistance would be provided by the state in maintaining law and order situation and Dalip Kumar Jha, who claims himself to be the biological son of Ashutosh Maharaj, should not have much grievance in case of his father’s cremation by the sansthan. The Bench also made it clear that issues hovering around the “son’s” property rights could be seen separately.

The High Court, on an earlier date of hearing also, had asked all concerned to work out for an amicable solution.
Visibly unhappy with the impasse, the Bench had earlier verbally observed that failure to cremate the body meant showing disrespect to it and a position like present could lead to a situation where people would refuse to cremate their dead and keep them in refrigerators in their homes.

The Bench has already made it clear that it would begin by looking into the appeal filed by Ashutosh’s son Dalip Kumar Jha. The Bench would examine whether the appeal filed by Jha was maintainable in the very first place; and whether he was able to establish his paternity.

The Single Judge, in his December 1 verdict, had directed that the body would be cremated within 15 days of receiving the order’s copy by a committee, comprising Jalandhar District Magistrate, Senior Superintendent of Police, Municipal Corporation Commissioner, Chief Medical Officer and the Sub Divisional Magistrate concerned.

Earlier, on January 29, 2014, Sansthan doctors had declared Ashutosh Maharaj alias Mahesh Kumar Jha clinically dead, after which the Sansthan management had kept the body in a deep freezer, stating that the spiritual head had gone into a “samadhi” (deep meditation) and would come out. The body continued to remain in the deep freezer since then.

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