The Punjab and Haryana high court will on Monday pronounce its judgment on petitions seeking inquiry into the reported death of Ashutosh Maharaj, spiritual head of the Divya Jyoti Jagriti Sansthan at Nurmahal in Jalandhar.
Ashutosh was declared clinically dead on January 29, following which the sect management kept the body in a deep freezer and claimed that he had gone into 'samadhi' or deep meditative state.
One of the petitioners in the case is Dalip Kumar Jha, who claims to be Ashutosh's son and had moved the HC in April seeking release of the "mortal remains" for performing last rites. He also sought a probe to ascertain the cause of the death. The second petitioner is Puran Singh who, claiming to be Ashutosh's former driver, had asked the HC for a probe by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).
The bench of justice MMS Bedi had reserved the judgment on October 29.