The Believers Church has filed a defamation case against the head of the southern India’s top Protestant group for allegedly issuing statements against their supreme head and constitution.
Father Sijo Panthappallil, spokesperson of the Kerala-based Believers Church, issued a statement on October 16 saying their Bishop Joju Mathew of Niranom filed the case against Bishop Thomas K. Oommen, moderator of Church of South India (CSI).
The Judicial First Class Magistrate in Alleppy has admitted the case for issuing what he says are defamatory statements against their supreme head Archbishop K.P.Yohannan Metropolitan and other bishops. The petition claims the Believers Church was established with historical and constitutional episcopacy. Questioning the Church’s epis-copacy and making misleading and defamatory statements against their leaders were unfortunate and motivated by malice and personal hatred, it says. The petitioner states that the ceremonial consecration of K.P.Yohannan as the first bishop of the Church was solemnized by none other than former CSI Moderator Bishop K.J.Samuel in February 2003. The consecration ceremony was attended by renowned personalities in the socio-political spheres. The petition also alleged that the CSI moderator has been propagating that the CSI had never considered K.P.Yohannan as a bishop.