Court orders Summons to Parish Priest & others July 17, 2010Posted by pullichira in Uncategorized.
Tags: Defamation, Parish Priest
The Judicial I Class Magistrate, Mr Aneesh Kumar has ordered summons to Fr Lazar, Hanoc, Antony, Jenanto & John to appear before the Court to answer charges of Defamation on 5 cases filed by the Office bearers of Pullichira Edavaka Samrakshana Samithy. The cases were filed by Celestine Dismas, S.Augustin, Victor A., Saji Lawrence & N.S.Maryson. The Parish Committee members had filed a Complaint before the Kollam District Registrar stating that the Registration of Pullichira Edavaka Samrakshana Samithy was fraudulently obtained by forging documents and misrepresenting the Authority. It was also alleged that the Samithy Office bearers had ulterior motives of getting involved with the assets of Immaculate Conception Church and committing violence among Parishioners. There were several other defamatory statements also in the said Complaint. Copies of this defamatory Complaint was widely circulated among the friends and well wishers of the Office bearers of Pullichira Edavaka Samrakshana Samithy and among the public with an aim to defame them. Even though Fr Lazar was not a Petitioner in the impugned Complaint, he claimed that he had filed the impugned Complaint. This claim was made by him in all the Caveats filed by him before Sub Court, Kollam and Munsiff Court, Kollam as well as in the OP filed before the High Court of Kerala. These claims proved that Fr Lazar was the brain behind such defamatory statements! The Court had taken cognizance after recording the Statements of the Complainants and witnesses and after perusing the documentary evidences submitted by the Complainants. Fr Lazar and other accused have to personally appear before the Judicial I Class Magistrate Court, Kollam and answer charges of defamation. Adv Boris Paul, Adv G.Vijayakumar, Adv R.Rajendran, Adv Smitha Jayan, Adv Shanti.S.Pillai & Adv Sowmya Reghu appeared before the Court on behalf of the Complainants.