Friday, December 05, 2014

Indian Court Orders Frozen Body of Spiritual Leader Released For Last Rites; Appeal Is Filed

In Chandigarh, India, officials of the spiritual organization Divya Jyoti Jagriti Sansthan petitioned the High Court of Punjab and Haryana for review by a Division Bench of a single judge's order issued on December 1 requiring last rites to be performed on the organization's leader Ashutosh Maharaj by December 15.  As reported by the Economic Times, Ashutosh was declared clinically dead by doctors last January. However some of his followers placed his body inside a deep freezer claiming that he had merely gone into a deep state of meditation (samadhi). Another follower, Dalip Kumar Jha, last April petitioned the High Court to release Ashutosh's body to him for last rites and also investigate the cause of Ashutosh's mysterious death.

UPDATE: On Dec. 15, a Division Bench of the High Court stayed the single judge's order, at least unitl the next hearing on Feb. 9. (AFP).