Sect leader's ex-driver told to approach police
The Punjab and Haryana high court on Monday disposed of the petition of Puran Singh, former driver of Divya Jyoti Jagriti Sansthan (DJJS) spiritual head Ashutosh Maharaj, for autopsy of the Nurmahal dera leader. HC quashes plea for appointment of Nurmahal Dera's administratorUpdated: Feb 24, 2014 20:34 IST
The Punjab and Haryana high court on Monday disposed of the petition of Puran Singh, former driver of Divya Jyoti Jagriti Sansthan (DJJS) spiritual head Ashutosh Maharaj, for autopsy of the Nurmahal dera leader.
Justice MMS Bedi said in his order that since the driver had approached the high court directly without following the proper process, driver should first use the remedy under the code of criminal procedure to approach the police station or senior superintendent of police concerned if he felt that Ashutosh Maharaj had died of unnatural causes.
The court also said that if the drive then felt unsatisfied, he could approach the court again. The dera doctors had declared Ashutosh Maharaj dead clinically at 2.15am on January 29.
The driver submitted that the medical report had been placed in the high court earlier, yet the state authorities were not taking any further action. Justice added that the dera management had kept Ashutosh's body in a refrigerator illegally and not allowed anyone to enter the place.
He requested for Ashutosh's autopsy to determine the cause of death. If the autopsy result indicates any offence, he wants it investigated.
First Published: Feb 24, 2014 11:54 IST