New Delhi: The Orthodox Church has submitted an affidavit at the Supreme Court pointing out the reluctance of the Kerala government in executing the apex court’s verdict in the dispute with the Jacobite Church.
The Orthodox Church said that the Chief Secretary is not executing the SC verdict and that the state government has failed in this matter. The church also said that the Chief Secretary has the responsibility of executing the verdict; however, the government is delaying the procedures.
The Supreme Court will also consider the contempt of court plea submitted by the Orthodox Church today.
The church had previously said that the government’s stand in the dispute is one sided. Even when there was a verdict by the Supreme Court, the government had sought the opinion from the public for a bill to end the dispute between the two factions. This is against the Constitution of India, the Orthodox Church had pointed out earlier.
On February 27, 2019, the Law Reforms Commission had published the draft of the Kerala Church (Properties and Institutions) Bill, 2019, on its website and invited suggestions from the public. The Orthodox Church said that taking the public’s opinion without executing the SC verdict is a challenge to the Constitution and also contempt against the Judiciary.