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Remains of Hindu man buried in Saudi returned

The court was told by Centre’s standing counsel Ripudaman Bhardwaj that the remains arrived in India on Wednesday morning and were in transit to the family in Unnao in Uttar Pradesh.

Published: 13th May 2021 08:45 AM  |   Last Updated: 13th May 2021 08:45 AM   |  A+A-

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By Express News Service

NEW DELHI:  The mortal remains of a Hindu man who was buried in Saudi Arabia according to Muslim rites have been brought back to India and are in transit to his family, the central government informed the Delhi High Court on Wednesday.

The court was told by Centre’s standing counsel Ripudaman Bhardwaj that the remains arrived in India on Wednesday morning and were in transit to the family in Unnao in Uttar Pradesh. The court said it was a “great relief” that the family has received the remains so that they can cremate it according to Hindu rites.
It expressed its gratitude to the Saudi authorities and also its appreciation for the efforts made by Vishnu Kumar Sharma the Director of Consular, Passport and Visa (CPV) Division in the Ministry of External Affairs for bringing back the remains.

Sharma also told the court that the deceased’s family had received on May 7 the payment sent by his employer. With this, the court disposed of the plea moved by deceased Sanjeev Kumar’s widow seeking his remains to perform the last rites here. The widow, Anju Sharma, in her plea, had said that on getting the news of her husband’s death, the family had requested the authorities to repatriate the mortal remains. 

Sanjeev Kumar, 51, died on January 24 in Saudi Arabia, where he was working, due to cardiac arrest and his mortal remains were kept at a hospital there. “Shockingly, on February 18, the petitioner was informed that the body of her husband had been buried in Saudi Arabia while the family members of the deceased were waiting 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,” claimed the petition, filed through advocate Yogamaya M G. The plea had also said that neither the woman, nor any of the family members gave consent to bury Kumar’s body in Saudi Arabia. 



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