GOVT. SEEKS HIGH COURT GUIDLINES - Police protection for Methran faction Metropolitans
- Police protection for Methran faction Metropolitans
GOVT. SEEKS HIGH COURT GUIDLINES
Kochi, Dec 19: The State Government today sought suitable guidelines
from the Division Bench of the Kerala High Court, which is hearing the
Malankara Church case, if the court ordered police protection to Catholicose
Baselious Marthoma Mathews II and seven other metropolitans of the Orthodox
faction for performing Holy Mass and other services in nine important churches
between December 24, 2002, and January 1 2003.
The government submitted that a Cabinet sub-committee had been attempting to
reach an amicable solution to the dispute over not only the nine important
churches but also the entire 1150 churches that both factions had been
agreeable for the suggestion that the issue should be settled through
negotiations in three months and they would keep peace in the meantime.
The government, which is apprehensive that an order for police to enter the
nine churches would thwart the attempt for an amicable solution, also submitted
that it required the guidelines as it would be difficult to handle the
situation especially in the churches where one faction is a negligible minority.
The government undertook that it would ensure that law and order was maintained
if the court did not order police protection as prayed for by the petitioners.
The submission was made when the CMP came for hearing before the Bench
consisting of Justice G Sivarajan and Justice P R Raman today. The Bench
reserved its order after hearing the arguments on both sides.
The churches where entry is sought are Mar Thomman Cheria Palli Kothamangalam;
St.Mary's Church Angamaly; St.George Church Karingachira, Thripunithura;
Marthamariyam Church Kandanad; St.Kuriakose Church Mampara; St.Mary's Church
Manarkad, Kottayam; and St.Peter's and St.Paul's Church, Puthenkurissu.
The writ petition filed by the very same petitioners is pending seeking police
protection to enter the 1,150 churches and other institutions in Kerala and
exercise their rights, duties and privileges in their capacity as
Catholicos/bishops/priests without any obstruction from Thomas Mar Dionysius
(Catholicos Baselios Thomas I) and other metropolitans of the Jacobite faction.
Source:- Indian Express dt. 20-Dec-02)