Rector murder case

March 26, 2015 by  
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Rector murder caseKarnataka, March 24, 2015: The High Court of Karnataka  rejected the bail applications yesterday (24/3/2015) of Fr. William Patrick, Fr. Ellias Daniel and Altar Boy Peter in the Rector murder case of Fr. K.J. Thomas of St. Peter’s Pontifical Seminary . March 31  makes the second anniversary of the gruesome and bloody murder of the Priest appointed by Rome to head the prestigious institution.

The High Court of Karnataka observed that a prima-facie  case has been made out and that the accused being influential and well funded are likely to interfere with the investigation.

Two other accused  Francis and Swamy are absconding. After the murder Vatican expressed shock and anguish and instructed its Apostolic Nuncio H.E. Salvatore Pennacchio  to take up the case with the  Government of India.

The case was personally investigated by  the  Deputy Commissioner of Police Mr. V.S. D’Souza under the supervision  of Inspector General of Police  Mr. Pranab Mohanti, IPS currently IG in CID.

The accused have been well funded by a small group of pro-Kannada priests led by one Fr. Chesara. “ During the investigation volumes of call details were analyzed and hundreds of people were questioned,” then Director General of Police Mr L.R. Pachuau had said.

The 62 year old Fr Kochupuryil J Thomas was born on May 13, 1951 at Ettumanoor near Kottayam in Kerala. After his high school studies in his native place, he joined the Diocese of Ooty as a minor seminarian due to the fraternal and vocational influence of his uncle, who is a priest still alive.  He did his major seminary studies and had formation at St. Peter’s Pontifical  Seminary/Institute in Bangalore.

Karnataka Kannada Dharmagurugala Balaga ( Forum of Kannada Priests)  led by its President Fr. Chesara  have collected funds and have approached political leaders of both the Congress and the BJP to defend the accused.  He has demanded that the Bangalore Archbishop Dr. Bernard Moras  also be  subjected to interrogation  for hisRole.   He wanted an independent and effective impartial CBI enquiry in the case.

“We strongly and vehemently deny the false, fabricated, conspired and framed charges against the priests”,  Fr. Chesara said and expressed the “total displeasure and heartfelt pain about twisting and turning the brutal murder of the Rector into an instrument to put down four decades of intensive struggle by the Kannada Christians for just rights in the Archdiocese of Karnataka.”   Fr. Chesara has attacked the Home Minister Mr K.J. George as an outsider who is interfering in Kannada matters. He also said that the Archbishop has been targeting the innocent Catholics with ulterior motives of victimization.

The Catholic community is restive over the delay in making further arrests and in filing the final charge-sheet. “They want justice for the departed soul,” said  CSF Chairman, Justice M.F. Saldanha. How long will this investigation take ?  Why can’t the Bangalore Police Commissioner Mr M.N. Reddi speed it up ? ”

– press report

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