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Deadlock on Ashutosh's last rites: Hearing adjourned to Sept 29

For the fourth time in the past six months, the hearing on the deadlock on the last rites judgment of Ashutosh, the "clinically dead" sect head of Noormahal (Jalandhar)-based Divya Jyoti Jagriti Sansthan (DJJS), was adjourned on Tuesday.

chandigarh Updated: Aug 18, 2015 23:15 IST
Ashutosh-Maharaj-the-head-of-Divya-Jyoti-Jagriti-Sansthan-has-been-kept-in-a-freezer-since-his-death-in-January-2014-HT-Photo
Ashutosh-Maharaj-the-head-of-Divya-Jyoti-Jagriti-Sansthan-has-been-kept-in-a-freezer-since-his-death-in-January-2014-HT-Photo

For the fourth time in the past six months, the hearing on the deadlock on the last rites judgment of Ashutosh, the "clinically dead" sect head of Noormahal (Jalandhar)-based Divya Jyoti Jagriti Sansthan (DJJS), was adjourned on Tuesday.

As the hearing began, a Punjab government counsel requested the division bench of justices SK Mittal and MS Chauhan to adjourn the hearing as Ranjit Kumar, solicitor general of India, who is appearing on behalf of the Punjab government, could not appear. Following the Punjab government request, the hearing was adjourned to September 29.

The case listed for hearing on March 19, March 28 and May 25 was adjourned due to requests from various counsels.
A single-judge bench of the high court, on December 1, 2014, had declared Ashutosh, clinically dead and directed the Punjab government to make arrangements for cremation within 15 days.

Ashutosh, whose mortal remains are lying in a deep freezer on the dera premises, was declared "clinically dead" by doctors in January 2014. His followers claim that he was in 'samadhi' (state of deep meditation) and had challenged the cremation order.

The Punjab government, too, has filed the petition challenging the single judge order. Third party in the case is Dalip Kumar Jha, who claims to be the sect head's son and is seeking rights of performing the last rites.