When contacted, Divya Jyoti Jagriti Sansthan (DJJS) spokesperson Swami Vishalananda asserted that the sect head was in ‘samadhi’ and its followers believed that Ashutosh would come back.
“Maharaj ji has been kept under a sub-zero temperature that is maintained continuously. There is no visible change in the body, which authenticates our belief that he is in ‘samadhi’,” said Vishalananda.
On the high court’s verbal observations to settle the issue amicably, the DJJS spokesman said they were ready to talk to the state government.
“After the court orders, the state government fixed a meeting with us recently, but it did not happen due to the Pathankot terror attack. We are hoping for a meeting in February. The HC has directed us to settle the issue out of court. It has not asked to dispose of the body. Our stand on the ‘samadhi’ is clear,” the spokesman added.
On keeping the body in deep freeze, the DJJS has repeatedly said that it has been done to create a “conducive Himalaya-like environment” for the ‘samadhi’.