Church land case: SC expresses displeasure over Kerala HC’s follow-up action

B Balagopal / Mathrubhumi News

Supreme Court | Photo: AP

New Delhi: The Supreme Court expressed displeasure over Kerala High Court’s (HC) follow-up action in its judgemet saying, Bishop have no authority to sell lands and assets held by the churches.

According to the Supreme Court, HC crossed the limit in the matter. The top court asked how HC could take follow-up action in a plea filed by the Major Archbishop of Syro-Malabar Church Cardinal George Alencherry, to quash the proceedings against him under Section 482 CrPC. Because, the plea was dismissed and HC was not supposed to initiate any further action, it pointed out. The top court also expressed its surprise over the fact that HC sought parties including the union government to initiate follow-up action.

Syro-Malabar’s Thamarassery diocese and Syro-Malankara’s Bathery diocese claimed before the Supreme Court that HC’s judgement was without hearing Catholic Church’s version. Follow-up action was invoked, even when roster was changed, the camps contended.

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