The Punjab and Haryana high court on Monday dismissed a review petition of four disciples of Ashutosh, the ‘clinically dead’ sect head of Divya Jyoti Jagriti Sansthan (DJJS), Nurmahal (Jalandhar), which was filed to seek a review of the order passed on December 1.
The petitioners -- Tapeshwari Bharti, Parma Bharti, Amitesh and Radhakrishan -- had approached the bench of justice MMS Bedi, contending that although the contentions raised by them in the main case were taken into account in the December 1 order, they were not mentioned as respondents despite their application for the same during earlier hearings in the case. They had argued that due to this, they had lost the right to appeal before the higher courts against that order.
The HC bench on Monday, however, observed that their (four disciples’) contention was in consonance with the DJJS and the same had been made party to the case.
The petitioners’ advocate, Salil Dev Singh Bali, told Hindustan Times that the petition was dismissed with the liberty to file an appeal against the order. The next date of hearing in the main case is February 9.
On December 15, the division bench of acting chief justice SJ Vazifdar had stayed the single-judge order directing the Punjab government to conduct Ashutosh’s last rites within 15 days on one petition each of the state government, Dalip Kumar Jha, who claims to be Ashutosh’s son, and the DJJS.
Ashutosh was declared ‘clinically dead’ by doctors in January last year. His mortal remains are lying in a deep freezer on the dera premises as his followers claim that he is in ‘samadhi’ (state of deep meditation) and is not dead.