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5 member committee of Bishops constituted to study land deal

Press Trust of India  |  Kochi 

The Synod of Kerala-based Syro-Malabar Church today constituted a five member committee of bishops to study the controversial land deal in Ernakulam- archdiocese, in which the Church allegedly suffered huge financial loss.

The committee, headed by Mathew Moolakkattu, will study the issue and find a solution to the problem, a said here.

Bishops Jacob Manathodath, Thomas Chakyat, George Madathikandathil and are the committee members.

The committee has been authorised to hold necessary discussions and find a solution, the said.

He said the Synod held 'serious discussions' on the issue of land deals in the Archdiocese.

The Synod's move came after some priests and faithful accused Cardinal George Alencherry, who is also the of Ernakulam-Archdiocese, of selling the prime land of the archdiocese here for "a very low price".

They had alleged role of land mafia in the sale of land in a "non-transparent manner" violating even civil and canon laws.

Supporters of the Cardinal had dubbed the charges against the as a 'misinformation campaign'.

All Catholic Almaya Forum had urged the priests to stop the campaign being carried out against the Cardinal.

They had alleged that a handful of priests were trying to defame the Syro-Malabar Church, having over 55 lakhs followers and 35 dioceses.

of the Ernakulam-Archdiocese had shot off a letter to the Bishops to take up the issue in the Synod.

The priests had alleged that a commission appointed by the to enquire the land business had found that there have been serious violations of canon and civil laws.

According to the priests,the commission found that revenue from the sale of 3.06 acres of the land in the city was expected to fetch Rs 27 crore as per the understanding, but officially only Rs nine crore had been shown as sale proceeds.

They claimed thatRs 18 crore was shrouded inmystery and remained unaccounted.

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First Published: Tue, January 09 2018. 17:30 IST