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Church bodies at loggerheads over land in Jabalpur

Following conflict over allegations and counter-allegations over the ownership of land in Jabalpur, the chairman of the Church of India (CI), John Augustine, was on Saturday escorted away from a press conference by the police.

bhopal Updated: Aug 08, 2015 22:23 IST
HT Correspondent

Following conflict over allegations and counter-allegations over the ownership of land in Jabalpur, the chairman of the Church of India (CI), John Augustine, was on Saturday escorted away from a press conference by the police.

Augustine was taken to the Omti Police station following a complaint by the Jabalpur diocese of the Church of North India (CNI) that alleged that the CI was making bogus claims about land owned by CNI in Jabalpur.

He was released shortly after the officials quizzed him over the complaint.

CNI members alleged that a group of priests of the Church of India came to Jabalpur to forge a deal with some persons interested in CNI-owned land in a prime location of the city, using bogus land documents.

CNI Jabalpur diocese members, Suresh Jacob and Joseph Lazarus claimed that Augustine was not a competent authority and had no hold over CNI's property.

The CNI runs educational institutions - some established as long ago as 1870 -- including the Christ Church boys and girls' schools.

Refuting their allegations, Augustine and the secretary of CI, Jacob Johnson Das maintained that the CNI had forcibly taken in its possession the land owned by the Church of India.

The priests rubbished the CNI allegations and said, "We will take legal course to take back the land from CNI's possession."

City superintendent of police (Omti) Azeem Khan said that a notice was being served to Augustine to record his statement on the complaint.