Hindu man buried as Muslim in Saudi: Centre plans for legal proceedings to bring back mortal remains

Hindu man buried as Muslim in Saudi: Centre plans for legal proceedings to bring back mortal remains
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New Delhi, April 8

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The Centre on Thursday advised the Delhi High Court that it plans to get an influence of lawyer from the household of a Hindu man, who was buried in Saudi Arabia as per Muslim rites, to provoke legal proceedings there for bringing his remains back to India.

The submission on behalf of the Ministry of External Affairs was made earlier than Justice Prathiba M Singh who on April 5 had requested the federal government to discover alternate legal treatments out there with it in the international land to exhume and repatriate the remains.

The court docket had additionally mentioned that the federal government can not wait endlessly to bring back the remains in view of lack of updates from the Saudi authorities.

On Thursday, the MEA, represented by central authorities standing counsel Ripudaman Singh Bhardwaj advised the court docket that additional correspondence was ongoing with the Saudi Arabian authorities and conferences have been additionally scheduled with its Foreign Ministry to expedite the repatriation of the remains.

Taking word of the submissions, the court docket mentioned that if nothing occurs by the following date of listening to on April 15, it intends to appoint an amicus curiae to help it in the matter.

The court docket was listening to a case in which the mortal remains of the Hindu man have been wrongly buried in Saudi Arabia as per Muslim rites due to incorrect translation of his faith on the dying certificates purportedly by Indian Consulate officers in Jeddah.

The deceased’s spouse, who had been working from pillar to put up to get the mortal remains, approached the excessive court docket in March looking for path to the MEA to take steps to urgently exhume the remains and repatriate them to India in a time-bound method.

The excessive court docket had earlier requested the MEA to coordinate with the Deputy Chief of Missions of Saudi Embassy right here to facilitate the exhumation and repatriation of the remains.

It had additionally requested the Deputy Chief of Mission to acquire some timeline inside which the method of exhumation and repatriation of the physique could be accomplished.

The widow, Anju Sharma, in her plea filed by way of advocate Subhash Chandran has mentioned that on getting the information of her husband’s dying, the household had requested the authorities to repatriate the mortal remains.    Sanjeev Kumar, 51, died on January 24 in Saudi Arabia, the place he was working, due to cardiac arrest and his mortal remains have been stored at a hospital there.

“Shockingly, on February 18, the petitioner was knowledgeable that the physique of her husband has been buried in Saudi Arabia whereas the relations of the deceased have been ready for the mortal remains in India.

“The officials in Indian Consulate explained that it was due to a mistake committed by the official translator of the Indian Consulate, Jeddah, who wrongly mentioned his religion as ‘Muslim’ in the death certificate. They also shared a letter of an apology tendered by the official translating agency of Indian Consulate in Jeddah with the petitioner herein,” mentioned the petition, filed by way of advocate Yogamaya M G.

The plea additionally mentioned that neither the lady, nor any of the relations gave consent to bury Kumar’s physique in Saudi Arabia.

Thereafter, the lady requested the officers of Indian Consulate in Jeddah to ask the native authorities there to exhume the mortal remains of her husband in order that they are often transported to India for performing final rites as per the religion of the household.

“Unfortunately, even after seven weeks of the death of the husband of petitioner, the authorities have failed to do necessary formalities to repatriate the mortal remains of Sanjeev Kumar to India for performing last rites,” the plea has mentioned.

It additionally sought path to the Centre to take acceptable departmental actions towards officers involved of the Indian Consulate at Jeddah for their willful negligence and in addition direct the authorities to acquire a corrected dying certificates of the deceased and provide the doc to his spouse. PTI 

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