- Syro Malabar Church land transaction case.
- Investigation report in favor of Alencherry.
- The government submitted the investigation report to the high court.
Assoc. The petition was filed in the High Court by the Commissioner of Land Revenue. On September 21, 2007, the High Court directed that a detailed inquiry be held into the involvement of the Brothers of the Roman Catholic Community in a deeded land transaction – government land. With this, a seven-member committee headed by Assistant Commissioner of Land Revenue P Beena conducted an inquiry and found that the government land was not involved in the transfer of church land. The report was filed in the High Court. The High Court had directed that the report be submitted expeditiously.
The report was prepared and submitted after the commission inspected all the documents related to the sale of the land and inspected the land. The main question was whether the government had land in the land deal done by the church. It was also checked whether the nickname was corrected. It is reported that an investigation is underway into allegations that government officials were involved in the deal.
The case alleges that the church lost Rs. The cardinal had approached the high court seeking the quashing of all eight cases against him in the disputed land deal. However, the High Court ruled that the case should be tried. The High Court had directed that an expert committee should investigate the case.
At the same time, the church is taking up the ED case in the black money transaction in the land sale and the investigation is progressing. There are 24 accused in the case, including Cardinal Mar George Alencherry. Defendants include intermediaries and land purchasers involved in the sale of the land. The ED had issued notices to the intermediaries in the land transaction as part of the case investigation. It is clear from the ED that the land transaction was larger than the amount shown on the basis. The Income Tax Department had directed the House to levy a fine of Rs 6.5 crore following the discovery of tax evasion.
The court had ordered the prosecution of Cardinal Mar George Alencherry and others after considering a petition filed by Pappachan, a native of Ernakulam, alleging that the archdiocese had lost crores of rupees in connection with the sale of church-owned land. The case was registered by the Ernakulam Central Police as per the court order.
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