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    News India 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
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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
      district.

      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.

      UNI XR AA AR BS1948


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