The Ministry of Exterior Affairs on Wednesday instructed the Delhi Excessive Courtroom that the physique of an Indian citizen, who died in Saudi Arabia in January and a month later was buried there regardless of being a Hindu and with out his household’s consent, was obtained at this time morning. The mortal stays of Sanjeev Kumar are at the moment being transported to Himachal Pradesh’s Una district, the courtroom was instructed.
Kumar’s spouse Anju Sharma had earlier approached the Excessive Courtroom searching for return of the physique from Saudi Arabia. Within the petition, it was acknowledged that he had been working as a truck driver in Saudi Arabia for the previous 23 years and died in January attributable to cardiac arrest. After his demise, his mortal stays had been stored in Baesh Common Hospital, Jizan.
Sharma, as per the petition, was requested to execute an influence of legal professional for finishing the formalities of repatriation of mortal stays and the identical was finished on January 28. Nonetheless, the Una resident was knowledgeable on February 18 that he has been buried there attributable to a mistake within the translation of demise certificates which identifed his faith as ‘Muslim’.
Director of Consular, Passport and Visa Division of MEA, Vishnu Kumar Sharma had final month knowledgeable the courtroom that they’ve initiated diplomatic efforts for exhumation and return of Kumar’s physique to India and authorized continuing have additionally been began in Jizan Area on behalf of the household by the Indian Consulate. The MEA officer on Wednesday instructed the courtroom that the physique was obtained at this time morning.
“It’s a nice reduction for the courtroom additionally,” mentioned Justice Prathiba M Singh, whereas disposing of the matter and appreciating the efforts made by authorities to make sure the return of Kumar’s physique to India.
The MEA officers earlier had additionally instructed the courtroom that the interpretation of the demise certificates was finished by Kumar’s employer however similar is inconsequential because the authorities in Saudi Arabia had been privy to his faith since he has been buried in a non-Muslim cemetery.
The courtroom was additionally instructed that Indian Consulate is often knowledgeable in regards to the demise of an Indian citizen and the physique shouldn’t be buried except an NOC is issued by the Consulate. Nonetheless, Kumar’s physique was buried with out informing the Indian consulate maybe as a result of COVID-19 protocol, the officers had instructed the courtroom.