Indian Man Incorrectly Buried As Per Muslim Rites In Saudi: Delhi High Court Directs Senior MEA Official To Appear Before Court

first_imgNews UpdatesIndian Man Incorrectly Buried As Per Muslim Rites In Saudi: Delhi High Court Directs Senior MEA Official To Appear Before Court Shreya Agarwal16 March 2021 12:07 AMShare This – xIn what the bench of Justice Prathiba Singh of the Delhi High Court termed as an “unfortunate incident”, the Court today directed the Deputy Secretary, Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) to appear online before it in a case where an Indian man upon his death was incorrectly buried as per Muslim rites in Saudi Arabia.The wife of the deceased man has moved the Delhi High Court seeking…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginIn what the bench of Justice Prathiba Singh of the Delhi High Court termed as an “unfortunate incident”, the Court today directed the Deputy Secretary, Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) to appear online before it in a case where an Indian man upon his death was incorrectly buried as per Muslim rites in Saudi Arabia.The wife of the deceased man has moved the Delhi High Court seeking for directions to the MEA to exhume and transport the man’s mortal remains to India for conducting of rites in accordance with deceased person’s religion.The man, who was identified as one Sanjeev Kumar, was an Indian migrant and Indian passport holder and passed away on January 24 in Saudi Arabia due to a cardiac arrest. The demise of the deceased was certified by the hospital concerned, however the official translator of the Indian Consulate incorrectly translated the said death certificate reflecting the man as a Muslim.Rapping the Ministry of External Affair’s counsel, Standing Counsel Ripudaman Bhardwaj, who sought 10 days’ time to reply in the matter with a status report and details of steps taken towards the wife’s prayer, the Court asked, “Have you seen the nature of the matter?”The original death certificate was issued in Arabic by the Saudi hospital.The court enquired of the MEA counsel, “As of today you don’t know if body can be brought back?” The counsel replied stating, “We have to pursue and do a long exercise.”The court therefore decided that a senior official of MEA would be required to join the court with a status report and all steps taken towards the petitioner’s prayer. Justice Singh further refused to give the MEA 10 days’ time in this regard, and has posted the matter for further hearing day after tomorrowSubscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Storylast_img read more