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India: Kerala HC Criticizes State Govt for Inaction in Inter-Denominational Land Disputes

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Published on July 14, 2023, 17:41:00

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Kerala HC, Land Disputes

Calling out the State’s argument of Helplessness, the High Court criticized the Government for inaction in the inter-denominational land dispute between orthodox and jacobite denominations of Christian community. The court noted that the Supreme Court of India in their final ruling in 2017 had granted the Orthodox group the power to govern 1,100 churches and parishes under the Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church, and that the Jacobites had no claim to any of them. The government's argument of complications arising if the order is carried out was not accepted since the government was interpreted to have necessary mechanism to implement the same. This has been a key socio-political and legal issue, and an action in favour of any community in specific would result in political repercussions for political parties vying for attention from the communities, both of which are of significant proportion across constituencies in the State.

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