Syro-Malabar Church Major Archbishop Cardinal Mar George Alencherry | Photo: Mathrubhumi
New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Friday will deliver its verdict on the plea filed by the Major Archbishop of Syro-Malabar Church Cardinal George Alencherry, to quash the proceedings against him in the controversial church land deal case.
The apex court will also deliver its judgment on a batch of pleas against the Kerala High Court’s verdict stating bishops have no authority to sell lands and assets held by the churches.
Earlier, the Supreme court expressed its displeasure over Kerala High Court’s (HC) follow-up action in its judgement. 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 the roster was changed, the camps contended.
Meanwhile, the state government too had given a clean chit to Cardinal Mar George Alencherry in the case. An affidavit filed claimed that nothing illegal happened in connection with the land transaction of the Syro Malabar Church.