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GOVT. SEEKS HIGH COURT GUIDLINES - Police protection for Methran faction Metropolitans

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    Police protection for Methran faction Metropolitans GOVT. SEEKS HIGH COURT GUIDLINES Kochi, Dec 19: The State Government today sought suitable guidelines
    Message 1 of 1 , Dec 19, 2002
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      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)
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