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Goa CEO orders probe into priest's viral speech

IANS  |  Panaji 

The (CEO) of has ordered a probe into a viral video, in which a Catholic is seen slandering the as an anti-minority party and saying that the late suffered from pancreatic cancer as a wrath of God.

A for the said that the South District Magistrate, who is also the Returning Officer, has been directed to probe the video. "The South District Magistrate has been ordered to probe whether the contents of the speech violate the model code of conduct," the said.

Earlier on Sunday, the (BJP) wrote to the (EC) demanding a probe into the controversial sermon delivered by the parish Father Conceicao D'Silva.

D'Silva accused the of harassing the minorities and urged his parishioners not to vote for the party.

"The said video clip depicts a addressing the people within a religious institution and creating an atmosphere of hate and fear against a particular political party and a specific religion," said in the complaint to the

"This matter needs a thorough investigation and the said priest must be booked for spreading hatred and destabilising religious harmony," said the letter.

In the undated video, D'Silva also spoke about coal dust pollution in the port town of Vasco da Gama, 35 km from Panaji.

"It (coal dust) is all over, in the food, water, houses. People protested, held morchas and meetings but Parrikar did not pay heed. His pockets were filled. Therefore God gave him cancer," he alleged.

"Parrikar had even tried to take away school holidays. And he died in suffering. Pancreatic cancer is the worst cancer. Those who cross the path of God are invariably punished," he said.

Asked for a comment, to Fr. Loiola Pereira said: "I am aware of the video and the Bishop's House has been informed about it."



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First Published: Sun, April 14 2019. 22:36 IST