22 October, 2020

Sheep Call The Shepherd Wolf

A 2016 land deal by Kerala’s Catholic Church ensnares the top clergy in a legal case. As stories on intrigues grow, the laity is furious.

Cardinal
Mar George Alencherry
Photograph by Getty Images
Sheep Call The Shepherd Wolf
outlookindia.com
2018-04-06T10:57:43+05:30

Probe Panel Notes

  • It is in violation of the Church laws that full rights are given to the Finance Officer, who seems to have taken liberties to sell the archdiocese’s land
  • It seems that the Finance Officer was concealing facts from the Finance Council and pretending that sale of properties are yet to take place
  • Saju Varghese (the real estate agent) grabbed the prime land of 62 cents without paying the sale consideration
  • The Consulters’ Forum didn’t discuss the case of 23 acres of land bought at Mattoor. This has violated common law, the archdiocese’s statutes.
  • Buying land in such a remote place points to the engagement of real estate lobby. Such dead investments, when the archdiocese is in debt.
  • The total liability in 2015 was Rs 15.83 crore. But in three years, the total loan...
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