The Punjab and Haryana high court on Friday pulled up the lawyer of Puran Singh, former driver of Divya Jyoti Jagriti Sansthan spiritual head Mahesh Kumar Jha "Ashutosh Maharaj", for coming unprepared to court.
Puran Singh wants the body of the Nurmahal dera chief out of the sansthan's deep freezer for autopsy and the case moved to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI). On January 29, the dera's doctors declared Ashutosh Maharaj dead clinically but the sansthan claims him to be in samadhi (deep meditation).
The court headed by justice MMS Bedi directed advocate SP Soi to first study the law and the code of criminal procedure applicable in the case and then come for argument in the court on March 18. "You file a petition and expect the court to study the law. You have to establish your right. The court is here to protect your right," said justice Bedi, after noticing that the counsel did not have even the receipt of the petitioner's complaint to the police.
The counsel failed to satisfy the court when asked about the law for putting Ashutosh Maharaj's body to autopsy. "There has to be a criminal case before the post-mortem examination. What if he (Ashutosh Maharaj) died a natural death, maybe because of the age factor?" questioned the court, advising the counsel not to go for publicity.
The petition stated that he had approached the police after the earlier court order but they had failed to take any action. It alleged that the dera management had kept Ashutosh's body in an isolated refrigerator illegally to usurp the sansthan's property worth Rs 1,000 crore.