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Jalandhar diocese backs Father Antony’s claims

JALANDHAR: Diocese of Jalandhar apostolic administrator has said that some priests are operating the “partnership firms with due permission and these are inside the ambit of law”.

Even because the administrator has additionally subsidized the allegations levelled by way of Father Antony Madasserry about “misappropriation of Rs 6.65 crore by way of Khanna police” and the tale narrated by way of him, the clarification issued by way of the administrator on Tuesday is at variance on a couple of issues.

“Canon 286 of the Code of Canon Law states that clerics are prohibited from conducting industry or business individually or via others for their own advantage or that of others, except with the permission of professional ecclesiastical authority,” a parishioner said, in search of anonymity.

In his clarification apostolic administrator Agnelo Gracias said, “All are acutely aware of the lifestyles of staff of businesses underneath the title of ‘Sahodya’ for the supply of textbooks and sensible forums for our faculties, for the training and employment of security body of workers for our establishments, for construction of schools and church buildings. These firms don't seem to be run by way of the diocese. They are partnership firms with some priests, who belong to our diocese, as partners with due permission. It is inside the ambit of the law. The accounts are audited and income tax is paid prematurely.”

In his press conference on Sunday, Father Antonty had now not discussed what used to be being achieved with the profit of these firms. He had simplest said that he used to be now not drawing any wage or perks from the diocese and used to be operating these firms with permission of diocese and there used to be no bar on priests doing industry.

In the remark issued on Tuesday, Gracias said that the profits from these firms were getting used via a network of social and charitable group for social paintings akin to widow pension, per month stipend to each and every family with a disabled member, scholarship for deserving students, scientific aid for unwell. The quantity of charitable paintings used to be immense, he added.

While Antony had claimed that they were supplying books to 45-46 colleges run underneath the diocese, Gracias’ remark claimed money used to be accrued from sale of books in 70 colleges.

While the administrator’s remark reiterated the allegation of misappropriation of Rs 6.65 crore by way of the Khanna police, stating that the whole amongst carried as away from Antony’s place of dwelling used to be Rs 16.65 crore, he too didn't provide an explanation for the distance of Rs 34 lakh. Khanna police had said that they recovered Rs nine.66 crore.

DGP Dinkar Gupta has already marked an inquiry to IG (Crime) Parveen Kumar Sinha to appear into the allegations of misappropriation.

Efforts to get a comment from the administrator proved futile. When some reporters went to the Bishop House to invite him about these contradictions, Diocese PRO Father Peter said that Gracias used to be busy in vital meetings and suggested to jot down a mail with queries. However, there used to be no answer to the email sent to Gracias about these contradictions.

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