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Supre Court said CNI doesn't control over properties of individual churches

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  • Joshy Paul
    The following verdict by the honorable Supreme Court on the dispute of CNI church has a clear indication that Church authorities don t have administrative
    Message 1 of 1 , Dec 1, 2013
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      The following verdict by the honorable Supreme Court on the dispute of CNI church has a clear indication that Church authorities don't have administrative control over individual church properties or individual churches. Hope this verdict will  take seriously by our legal team in the MOSC- SOC dispute.
      The verfict pointed out that pointed out that "the freedom guaranteed under the Constitution with regard to the faith and religion, cannot take away the right in changing the 
      faith and religion after giving a fresh look and thinking at any time and thereby cannot be bound by any rules of estoppel"


      Is the Church of North India disintegrating?

      Formed in 1970, the CNI is an umbrella body which constitutes five denominations of the Protestant church.

      November 20,


      A recent Supreme Court order stated that the Church of North India (CNI) cannot have any authority over one of five Protestant denominations over which it holds sway.

      Based on this order, another denomination will approach the state to pull away from the CNI.

      Formed in 1970, the CNI is an umbrella body which constitutes five denominations of the Protestant church. 

      The apex court’s order of Sep. 30 states that the CNI cannot have any authority — religious or with respect to properties of one of the churches. This order was given after a faction of one of the five denominations, The First District Church of Brethren (FDCB), challenged the power of CNI.

      Following the court order in September, another of the five denominations — The Church of India, Pakistan, Burma and Ceylon — has stated that they too will approach state authorities to end the role of CNI over itself.

      This opposition that is brewing among the denominations of the CNI has put a question mark over its very existence.

      The various courts in which this matter came up, before being heard in the Supreme Court, raised various questions. One of these was: ‘Whether by mere merger... the CNI becomes the legal successor?’

      The SC also settled the issue about following of a faith. It upheld the Gujarat high court’s decision that stated: “...in the name of unification and merger, it is aimed that there is total control of not only properties and the churches but it will also have an ultimate effect of imposing particular faith or belief, which is not permissible.”

      “There is nothing legal that CNI has to show to prove that it is legally having control...We will write to the government,” alleged Sandeep Gaikwad, president of all India legal committee of People’s Synod, a body formed to counter CNI.

      http://www.ucanindia.in/news/is-the-church-of-north-india-disintegrating/22773/daily


      Full SC verdict: http://judis.nic.in/supremecourt/imgs1.aspx?filename=40842


      -Joshy Paul
      New Delhi
      #1040
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