Police help sought to stop erecting statue of murder-accused priest

Fr Chaser is one of the six priests charge-sheeted in the murder of the then Rector of St Peter’s Pontifical Seminary Fr K J Thomas.

Bangalore: Archbishop Bernard Moras of Bangalore has sought police help to halt erection of the statue of late Fr Chowrappa Selvaraj, a pro-Kannada priest who was charge-sheeted in the 2013 Rector murder.
Fr Selvaraj was widely known as Fr Chasara and one of the six priests charge-sheeted in the gruesome murder of the then Rector of St Peter’s Pontifical Seminary Fr K J Thomas on April 1, 2013. 61-year-old Fr Chasara died in Bengaluru on March 15.
As per handbills purportedly printed by the villagers of Vishwanatha Nagenahalli and also notices posted in the social media, a statue of Fr Chasara is scheduled to be unveiled at the premises of St Paul the Hermit Church in RT Nagar in the city on Sunday, April 24, at 11 am.
According to the handbill, Fr A Thomas, who is also charge-sheeted in the murder and is the President of Karnataka Catholic Dharmagurugala Balaga, will be offering the mass at 9.30 am, prior to the unveiling of the statue. Another priest charge-sheeted in the Rector murder– Fr I Anthappa, is among the four priests who will be invoking blessings during the occasion.
Two other accused and charge-sheeted persons in the murder of Fr K J Thomas – Rita Rini, Editor of Maatukate, and Raphael Raj, General Secretary of Akhila Karnataka Catholic Kristhara Kannada Sangha, are billed as the chief guests.
It is learnt that the Archbishop has officially written to the Bengaluru City Police Commissioner N S Megharik regarding the plans for installing a statue of late Fr Chasara in the campus of St Paul the Hermit Church in Nagenahalli and has made it clear that "such installation is prohibited both in the church and in the church compound as per the Code of Canon Law" and hence "the plan of installation is contrary to Canon Law and cannot be permitted under any circumstances now or in the future."
The Archbishop, in his letter to the City Police Commissioner, has also stated that he has "already instructed Fr Vincent Santhosh, the Parish Priest of St Paul the Hermit Church, and others concerned that this proposed installation is contrary to the Code of Canon Law and cannot be allowed at any cost" and has also requested the City Police Commissioner "to take suitable actions and to give protection to Fr Vincent Santhosh and to the church property."
Source: Daiji World

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