Court issues notice on state employees holding diocesan posts

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Rules prohibit government employees holding positions in religious and sectarian organizations. 

Madurai: (UCAN) A Church of South India parishioner has moved the High Court in Tamil Nadu against government employees holding positions in his Madurai-Ramnad diocese in violation of state rules. The Madurai Bench of Madras High Court on Wednesday ordered to issue notice to Tamil Nadu government and church authorities on the petition. 

The petition sought action against government employees and teachers of aided schools allegedly holding posts of diocesan council members in violation of Government Servants Conduct Rules.

Hearing the petition of Julius Jawahar Devakandan, the member of CSI Cathedral in Madurai, Justice R.Mahadevan ordered notice to officials, including the Chief Secretary and Secretaries of education department, the Bishop of Diocess of Madurai Ramnad and Church of South India (CSI).

The petition said according to ruels government servants, including those working in a government-aided organisation, are prohibited from holding any post in communal and religious organisations. He said elections were held once in three years for the Pastorates, which managed 150 educational institutions, including schools. 

Most of the diocese educational institutes were aided by the government and the teachers working in them were governed by government rules. Several members of the Pastorates were also working in government organisation, he said.

He claimed nearly 52 diocese council members in various pastorates were working as teaching and non-teaching staff in government and government-aided schools and colleges which was against the rules and sought action against them.

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