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Case against Cardinal Alencherry registered in Kerala

According to the complainant land worth about Rs. 275 million was sold, but only about Rs. 135 million was realised.


A court in Kochi registered a case against cardinal George Alencherry and three others on Tuesday in an alleged land scam in the sale of some lands of his Ernakulam-Angamali archdiocese.

The case was registered by the Thrikkakara magistrate court, which, prima facie, found misappropriation of funds in the land deal of the church, Gulf News reported.

Three others — priests Joshy Puthuva and Sebastian Vadakkumpadam, and middleman for the land deal, Saju Varghese — have also been named in the case. The accused have been sent notices by the court.

It was on a petition by one Shine Varghese that the case was registered. The complainant pointed out that there were alleged cheating and financial loss to the church in the sale of church land measuring about three acres.

When police refused to accept his complaint, the complainant approached the court which registered the case.

According to the complainant, land worth about Rs. 275 million was sold, but only about Rs135 million was realised. He accused that the accused conspired and cheated, thereby causing significant financial loss to the church.

Source: Gulf News

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