PENANG, July 5 — The High Court yesterday dismissed the application by Selvam Sundramoorthy to stop the Penang and Perak Islamic religious departments from claiming the body of his step-brother Elangesvaran Benedict.
However, Justice Datuk Balia Yusuf Wahi ordered that the deceased’s remains stay at the Parit Buntar Hospital mortuary pending the disposal of Selvam’s appeal.
Lawyer Karpal Singh, who represented the applicant, said the judge made the rulings in chambers and his client would submit the appeal on Monday.
Karpal also told reporters that the Parit Buntar Syariah Court held yesterday that Elangesvaran had converted to Islam before he died.
It was reported that Elangesvaran, 34, a used-car dealer, hanged himself in Bagan Serai, Perak, on June 22, leaving a wife and two children.
His body was taken to the Parit Buntar Hospital for autopsy.
When his family wanted to claim the body, the hospital refused to release it on the ground that Elangesvaran had embraced Islam at the Penang Islamic Religious Department.
The hospital would only hand over Elangesvaran’s body to the Perak Islamic Religious Department for burial according to Muslim rites.
Selvam, 48, from Ayer Itam here, filed the application so that Elangesvaran’s funeral could be conducted according to Hindu rites as he said his step-brother died a Hindu. — Bernama