Burial row: Orthodox church approaches HC against govt

Kerala High Court | Photo: Mathrubhumi

Kochi: The Orthodox church has moved a plea in the High Court against the state government which is likely to strengthen the dispute with Jacobites over church ownership. In the plea, the Orthodox church questioned the government for passing an Act which allowed the burial of Jacobites in the cemeteries of churches under the former.

The High Court has served a notice to the government over the petition.

The move of the Orthodox church will get more significance in poll-bound Kerala.

In 2020, the state government brought an ordinance permitting the burial of Jacobites in their family cemetery which are now under the control of the Orthodox faction. Later, the government passed this ordinance as Kerala Christian Cemeteries (Right to Burial of Corpse) Act.

Now, the Orthodox church has approached the HC claiming the move was anti-constitutional.

Judge PV Asha has served notice to the state government and parties in the case while receiving the petition in file.

The HC will consider the plea on February 17.

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