|Court rules movie maker a Muslim, family devastated|
|Jul 6, 09 11:37am malaysiakini.com|
The Shah Alam High Court has rejected the application of Mohan Singh’s family to claim his remains from the Sungai Buloh Hospital.
Mohan, 41, died of a heart attack on May 25.
On June 4, the Selangor Islamic Council (Mais) had obtained an order from the Shah Alam Syariah High Court declaring the deceased as a Muslim.
Employees of Mais then tried to claim the body for burial but the Sungai Buloh mortuary would not release it because the High Court had instructed that it was to be kept there until the religious status is determined.
Mais claimed that Mohan, an art film director, had converted to Islam in 1992.
The family, however, said he had remained a practising Sikh and even conducted last rites for his mother who died three years ago.
Contacted later, the family’s lawyer A Rajesh Kumar said his clients were devastated and broke down upon hearing the ruling.
He added that their oral application for a stay order was also rejected.
“The family is surprised by this decision as well. We are currently in the process of filing an appeal,” he said.
However, Rajesh added that he expects Mohan’s remains to be buried according to Muslim rites later today.
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