Kuala Lumpur, July 8 : The family of Elangesvaran Benedict failed in their bid to bury him according to Hindu rites after their application for an injunction was dismissed in Georgetown yesterday.
High Court Judge Yusuf Wahi ruled that there was no merit in the application made by the family.
Counsel Karpal Singh said he had filed a notice of appeal on behalf of Elangesvaran's family.
Karpal said if the appeal was successful, a very delicate and sensitive situation would arise if Elangesvaran was declared a Hindu.
According to the New Strait Times, Elangesvaran's family is disputing the Perak and Penang religious departments' claims that he was a convert.
Elangesvaran, 34, committed suicide on June 22 and his body was sent to the Parit Buntar Hospital for a post-mortem. His family was later told that they could not claim it for burial as Elangesvaran was a convert. They filed a summons at the High Court here, claiming that Elangesvaran had always been a Hindu and died as one.