It was only after the body was brought to the home of the "deceased" Avinash Dadasaheb Bagwade that family members realised it wasn't his.
Avinash Bagwade was, in fact, very much alive and receiving treatment at the hospital.
A hospital official said the reason for this mix-up would be probed. "We will submit a probe report in the next 48 hours and action will be taken against those involved," the hospital Medical Superintendent Dr Subodh Ugane said.
The hospital also failed to identify the person whose body was handed over to the Bagwade family after conducting the post-mortem.
The incident took place at the Sangli civil hospital, where Mr Bagwade was admitted for liver ailment.
"However, one relative was not convinced that it was Bagwade's body. He spoke to the hospital authorities who asked the family to collect the body and leave the premises," he said.
As the body was being taken into Mr Bagwade's house at Tasgaon, about 25 km from Sangli, many relatives felt that it was not his body. Some family members then removed the cloth covering it and realised that some other person's body was given to them.
They rushed back to Sangli to find that Avinashe was in the hospital and responding to treatment.
Meanwhile, nobody has come forward to claim the body, the official said.