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Kottayam: Govt move irks Orthodox faction

DECCAN CHRONICLE.
Published Aug 28, 2019, 4:37 am IST
Updated Aug 28, 2019, 4:37 am IST
According to it, the request was a repetition of the argument raised by the Patriarch faction after the Supreme Court judgment.
Biju Oommen
 Biju Oommen

Kottayam: The Malankara Orthodox Church has warned of initiating a contempt of court case against the government for its failure in implementing the  Supreme Court orders in the Malankara church case.

The Church expressed its strong protest against the contents of a letter sent by the state government to the Malankara metropolitan Baselios Marthoma Poulose-11.

 

Malankara Orthodox Church secretary Biju Oommen said in a letter to the additional chief secretary that the Church was shocked by the request to the metropolitan to attend a discussion on the original 1934 constitution on August 29.

Maintaining  that the Supreme Court judgments on the Malankara Church cases were final which applied to all constituent parishes in the Malankara Church, it held that the state government’s notice requesting to attend the discussion was another act of wilful disobedience constituting contempt of the Supreme Court and High Court orders.  

 

According to it, the request was a repetition of the argument raised by the Patriarch faction after the Supreme Court judgment.

It noted that the SC judgment had extracted the relevant clauses of the 1934 constitution, analysed them and laid down the law in the matter.

“The original was exhibit in the suit which ended in the 1958 judgment of the court. Please read and understand the said judgment and subsequent judgments in which the 1934 constitution was elaborately considered, discussed and definite findings were made by the apex court,” the letter added.

 

Saying that the metropolitan would not be able to attend the discussion as required by the government, it requested the state government to implement the order at the earliest.

Malankara Orthodox Church PRO Father Johns Abraham Konattu told this newspaper that the Church will initiate contempt of court proceedings against the government in the coming days.

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