Syro - Malabar land deal; High Court stays filing case against Cardinal

by Kerala | 16-03-2018 | 155 views

Kochi : A division bench of kerala High court  has stayed the single bench order to file a case against Cardinal Mar George Alencherry in controversial Syro- Malabar land deal. The stay is also applicable to steps taken by the police, heeding to the single bench high court order to file case and start investigation. The case will be considered again on April 3.

It was on March 12 that the Kochi police registered a case against Syro- Malabar Church Cardinal George Alencherry and  three others in connection with an alleged illegal land deal in an Ernakulam – Angamaly Archdiocese. The FIR was registered almost a week after the Kerala High court ordered the police to do so based on a complaint filed by Cherthala resident Shine Varghese.

The cardinal , who is the primary accused in the case, and priests Joshy Puthuva and Sebastian Vadakkumpadan, and middleman Saju Varghese were accused of criminal conspiracy, criminal breach  of trust and cheating in sale of over three  acres of land , worth crores of rupees, belonging to the Ernakulam-Angamaly Archdiocese.There was an allegation that delay was made deliberately to give time for  filing an appeal.

 Meanwhile, the police stand is that it is difficulty  hurry through in civil related cases.

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