Petition seeks criminal proceedings against Cardinal Alencherry

February 22, 2018 by  
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Kochi, February 20, 2018: A second petition has been filed in the Kerala High Court, seeking criminal proceedings against Cardinal George Alencherry, the Major Archbishop of Syro-Malabar Church, over alleged irregularities in land deals, causing loss to his Ernakulam-Angamaly archdiocese.

The court, when taking up the petition Feb. 19 asked for the state government’s its views on the cases..

It will now be heard on Feb. 22, the New Indian Express reported.

This is the second petition against the Cardinal on the issue in the same case.

The petitions are based on the compliant and reports of the presbyteral council, a canonical representative body of priests in the archdiocese. The priests hold two senior priests and Cardinal Alencherry responsible for the deals, which they say bypassed canonical bodies and financial advisors in the archdiocese.

They allege in a series of transactions over the past two years the Ernakulam-Angamaly Archdiocese has incurred a liability of about 800 million Indian rupees in terms of missing money and bank loans.

The second petitioner Shine Varghese said the property belonged to a trust.

Cardinal Alencherry claimed that the land belonged to the archdiocese and a third party cannot complain against loss in the sale of private property.

The Cardinal cannot be charged with breach of trust, his counsel submitted.

The court had last week issued notice to the Cardinal and three others on a petition seeking a police probe into alleged irregularities in the land deals involving the Ernakulam-Angamaly archdiocese.

The Syro-Malabar Church has over 30 dioceses in the country and four outside – in the US, Canada, Australia and Britain – serving over 5 million faithful.

– ucan

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