Take the pledge to vote

For a better tommorow#AajSawaroApnaKal
  • I agree to receive emails from News18

  • I promise to vote in this year's elections no matter what the odds are.
  • Please check above checkbox.

    SUBMIT

Thank you for
taking the pledge

Vote responsibly as each vote counts
and makes a diffrence

Disclaimer:

Issued in public interest by HDFC Life. HDFC Life Insurance Company Limited (Formerly HDFC Standard Life Insurance Company Limited) (“HDFC Life”). CIN: L65110MH2000PLC128245, IRDAI Reg. No. 101 . The name/letters "HDFC" in the name/logo of the company belongs to Housing Development Finance Corporation Limited ("HDFC Limited") and is used by HDFC Life under an agreement entered into with HDFC Limited. ARN EU/04/19/13618
LIVE TV DownloadNews18 App
News18 English

EXIT Poll Results

Detailed Exit Poll Results
News18 » India
1-min read

Kerala HC Directs Ernakulam District Authorities to Hand Over Church Key to Orthodox Faction

The bench gave the direction while considering pleas filed by an orthodox priest and others seeking police protection to implement the SC verdict granting them possession of the church and its properties.

PTI

Updated:October 10, 2019, 4:04 PM IST
facebookTwitterskypewhatsapp
Kerala HC Directs Ernakulam District Authorities to Hand Over Church Key to Orthodox Faction
File image of Kerala High Court.

Kochi: The Kerala High Court on Thursday directed the Ernakulam district administration to hand over the key of a church in nearby Piravom to the orthodox faction.

A division bench comprising justices AM Shaffique and TV Anilkumar also directed the police to continue providing protection to the church known as Piravom Valiyapalli, doors of which were thrown open to orthodox faction recently for conducting holy mass.

The bench gave the direction while considering pleas filed by an orthodox priest and others seeking police protection to implement the Supreme Court verdict granting them possession of the church and its properties.

The orthodox faction offered holy mass after the police took over its control from rival Jacobite faction on September 26 following a high court directive.

The orthodox faction entered the church amid tight security as a nearly two-year-old Supreme Court order in favour of it was finally implemented.

Directing the district administration to hand over the key of the church to the orthodox faction, the court on Thursday held that the priest of the faction should be accepted by all who offer prayers at the church.

It, however, allowed the faithful belonging to the Jacobite faction to attend prayers in the church.

The bench postponed its verdict on a plea filed by Jacobite faction seeking their rights over the chapels and assets of the church.

The Court also granted more time to the state attorney to file a detailed report on the control of the Piravom church and its chapels.

The orthodox and Jacobite factions have been locked in a tussle over the possession of the church and matters worsened after the Supreme Court ordered that the control of the place of worship be given to the orthodox group.

The orthodox faction had moved the high court after the state government failed to implement the order of the top court.

In its 2017 verdict, the apex court had held that 1,100 parishes and their churches under the Malankara church should be controlled by the orthodox group as per the 1934 Malankara church guidelines.

The Jacobite-orthodox row dates back to 1912 and has led to violent clashes between the two groups in Kerala.

Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox - subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what's happening in the world around you – in real time.

Read full article
Next Story
Next Story

Also Watch

facebookTwitterskypewhatsapp

Live TV

Countdown To Elections Results
To Assembly Elections 2018 Results