Court directs hand over of church to Orthodox faction
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HC directs SDM to hand over church to Orthodox faction
Kochi | December 09, 2005 9:39:56 PM IST
The Kerala High Court today directed the Sub-Divisional Magistrate,
Muvattupuzha, to allow the Orthodox faction to take possession of the
disputed St. Peter's and St.Paul's Church, Kolenchery, in Ernakulam
Justice A K Basheer set aside the SDM's order dated July 11, 2005,
taking possession of the church following the law and order problems
arising from the factional feud between Orthodox and Jacobite
factions of Malankara Church.
The judge directed the SDM to remove the lock put by him on the doors
of the disputed Church and allow Fr. M V Abraham, vicar of the
Orthodox faction, to take possession of the church forthwith.
While allowing the writ petition filed by Thomas M Aliad and another
parishioner, the Court held that the composite order passed by the
Magistrate was vitiated by procedural irregularities.
The Court added that the authorities were at liberty to pass
appropriate orders if the situation warranted, strictly in accordance
with law and the decree of the civil court.
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