Pawan's body may reach City by Sunday

All hurdles seem to have been cleared for bringing back the body of Pawan Kumar, a software engineer from the City who was found dead under mysterious circumstances in Belleville, New Jersey, on June 19.

Sources in the Ministry of External Affairs told Deccan Herald initiatives had been taken to bring the body back by this weekend or Monday.

Raghavendra Shastri, Officer on Special Duty, MEA, said the ministry had taken up the case with the US authorities and that the latest update was that the District Attorney had released the body to the local Whigham Funeral Home on Thursday. “There are some formalities to be finalised with the family and we are working on it,” he said.

However, late-night developments indicated that Kumar’s parents were not willing to sign the authorisation form required to send the body from the US to India, on the advice of their counsels. They reportedly have sought more time. The form authorises Whigham Funeral Home to remove, embalm and prepare for shipping the mortal remains of Kumar.

“Cognizant Technologies, the company Kumar worked for, has agreed to bear all the cost of bringing his body to Bangalore. They are working towards it in close co-ordination with us,” he said.

Harsh Kabra of Cognizant Technologies confirmed the developments.

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