Chandigarh: Granting more time to submit the final report in the matter of last rites of Ashutosh Maharaj, the Divya Jyoti Jagriti Sansthan of Nurmahal in Jalandhar district
Punjab and Haryana High Court on Wednesday asked the Punjab government to submit final report in the matter of head of the Divya Jyoti Jagriti Sansthan of Nurmahal in Jalandhar district, Ashutosh Maharaj’s last rites on November 24. The court said if Punjab government does not file reply on next date it will have to pay fine of Rs 20,000 and adjourned the case till November 28.
The state government had sought time in this regard. The state government has also been asked by the court to give a copy of report to all parties in the case before the next hearing.
As the case come up for hearing the Punjab government sought more time and also adjournment of the case on Wednesday. On this, pulled up the state government but granted more time to it. The court asked the counsel for Punjab government to file final report before the next hearing. Prior to this hearing, the state government had filed an application seeking more time to finding a solution.
During earlier hearing, the court had asked the Punjab government to hold meeting with the representatives of the Divya Jayoti Jariti Sansthan to find out a solution to the Ashutosh Maharaj’s issue.
It is recalled that a single Bench had directed the Punjab government to in its order to cremate the body of Ashutosh Maharaj within 15 days in accordance with due religious rights almost a year ago. The court had stated in the order that the sect head had died a natural death.
Acid attack victims’ issue: HC seeks status report
Chandigarh: Punjab and Haryana High Court on Wednesday sought status report from the Punjab government’s Social Security Department secretary, on the issue of of monthly financial assistance to acid attack victims.
Without issuing show cause notice to the respondent-secretary, the court asked the Punjab government counsel to tell as to what steps have been taken by the Department of Social Security to implement the directions issued by the Division Bench of the HC in the PIL filed by Poor Patients Relief Society, for seeking, among other things, rehabilitation of the acid attack victims. The petition in this regard was filed by advocate H C Arora.
The petitioner, appearing in person, stated before the HC Bench that in the PIL, the Division Bench had issued a direction to the Punjab government on May 2, 2014 that as regards monthly financial assistance payable to acid attack victims, Punjab government shall follow the policy of Haryana.
He further disclosed that Haryana government has issued a notification dated on March 25, this year, to the effect that all those acid attack victims who fall within definition of ‘disability’ under the provisions of “Persons with Disabilities (Equal Opportunities, Protection of Rights and Full Participation) Act, 1995,” shall be entitled to monthly financial assistance to the tune of Rs 8,000 per month.
However, Punjab government has not complied with the order of May 2, 2014 and it has not so far taken any decision to pay financial assistance of Rs 8,000 per month to acid attack victims of the state. It is therefore Punjab has not complied with the orders of the court.
The Secretary, Social Security Department has now to submit status report on next date of hearing.
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