High Court notice to Syro Malabar Church head10:26 PM, February 13, 2018
India(Kerala):The petitioner alleged that large scale malpractices had been committed by officials of the archdiocese.
The Kerala High Court Feb 12 issued a notice to the Major Archbishop of Syro Malabar Church, Cardinal George Alencherry, and three others on a petition seeking a police probe into alleged irregularities in land deals involving the Ernakulam-Angamaly archdiocese.
Justice B. Kemal Pasha issued the notice and posted to February 28 the petition filed by one Joshy Varghese from Perumbavoor for further hearing, reported Press Trust of India news agency.
The petitioner alleged that large scale malpractices had been committed by officials of the archdiocese and they had resorted to "sophisticated cheating" in the sale of the properties.
The petition claimed several witnesses were required to be examined and wanted an investigation by a special wing of the police to serve the interest of justice.
The petition has been filed days after a priests’ committee of the archdiocese, which probed the alleged irregularities, said that it found numerous instances of violation of canon and civil laws and recommended necessary action against those responsible.
The six-member committee also had said Cardinal Alencherry, "seems to have fully known and involved" in the alienation and purchase of lands by the archdiocese between April 1, 2015 to November 30, 2017.
The presbyteral council of the archdiocese under the leadership of the cardinal appointed the committee after some priests and faithful accused prime land of the archdiocese were sold for "a very low price".
The Syro-Malabar Church has over 30 dioceses in the country and four outside-in the US, Canada, Australia and Britain-serving over 5 million faithful.
Source: India Today
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