CHANDIGARH—The situation has been made very interesting when Ashutosh’s former driver Puran Singh filed a plea in Punjab and Haryana High Court in which he has alleged the cult leader was being detained illegally as five of his followers had “turned greedy”.
Justice MMS Bedi issued notice to the Punjab Advocate-General for February 5 “regarding status pertaining to Mahesh Kumar Jha alias Ashutosh”.
In his petition, Puran Singh has sought the release of “Mahesh Kumar Jha alias Ashutosh” from “illegal, unlawful and forcible detention.”
He has also sought directions for the appointment of a warrant officer to raid the dera (cult headquarters) or any other place where the detainee was kept and produce him before the high court.
Justice Bedi also issued notice to the cult’s five followers for February 11.
Puran Singh has said the detainee has to his credit about ₹1 billion ($16 million) in cash and property worth ₹10 billion ($160 million). “The respondents, living in the dera along with the detainee, have turned greedy and have illegally confined the detainee in a room with a view to usurp the dera property”.
According to certain sources, it seems that the cult may soon announce the death of its head because the case has reached the High Court. Cult management seems under pressure to disclose the actual situation.