“Anybody can fall sick, even the Prime Minister. A judge can also fall ill and can be unable to move out of bed. If my father has fallen ill, why is this being seen as confrontation with the law?” says Virender, the son of self-styled godman Sant Rampal against whom the Punjab and Haryana HC issued fresh non-bailable warrant on Monday.
The HC has asked the Haryana Police to produce Rampal before it on or before November 17. His son and followers, however, are defiant. “My father has been diagnosed with serious health issues and is completely bed-ridden. The doctors have certified it. Till his health improves, he will not be appearing anywhere. He is suffering from serious heart ailment and severe dehydration… We are not disobedient to any legal procedures…but if he is unable to move out of bed, it should not be treated as his wilful defiance,” Virender told The Indian Express on Monday.
Sources said that the Satlok Ashram is likely to move an application in the SC challenging the HC’s orders seeking Rampal’s appearance.