Controversial godman Rampal of Satlok Ashram in Hisar approached the Punjab and Haryana High Court on Friday through his counsel seeking three days’ interim bail for the last rites of his mother at Sonepat. Taking up his petition, the division bench comprising Justices M Jeyapaul and Darshan Singh issued notice to the Haryana government and directed it to file its response by November 21.
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The court was informed Rampal’s mother had died on November 9. The state government counsel told the court that Rampal was to be sent with police escorts to attend the funeral ceremony of his mother but he refused and insisted he would interim bail.
Satlok Ashram had hit the headlines in November 2014 when on HC orders, the Haryana police and paramilitary forces had cracked down on the Ashram and arrested Rampal and his followers.