Police in Kerala are investigating a recent land deal allegedly completed by a Malankara Orthodox bishop who died 11 years ago.
Jacob Punnoose, director general of police in the southern Indian state, said he has registered a case and ordered the probe after receiving a complaint from the late prelate’s successor.
Archbishop Gabriel Mar Gregorios pointed out the land deal went through on March 31 in the name of his predecessor Archbishop Gheevarghese Mar Dioscorus, who died in 1999.
Archbishop Dioscorus “appeared” in the land registration office in the state capital of Thiruvananthapuram and sold Church land that was in his name to a woman.
Punnoose told ucanews.com today that preliminary enquiries had revealed that photographs and the signatures of the seller and the buyer were fake.
The registration office reportedly claimed the archbishop had signed the documents before the registration officials.
Punnoose said the official who verified the signature, retired on the day the deed was executed. “Without connivance of the official such a manipulation is not possible,” he added.
SOCM News Bureau - Thiruvanandapuram
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