Kerala Orthodox church abuse: Next action in case after court hearing, say police

The News Minute

July 9, 2018

Two of the accused priests have filed for anticipatory bail, which will be heard by the Kerala High Court on Monday.

The Kerala Police is waiting for the outcome of the anticipatory bail plea filed in the Kerala High Court by two of the four Orthodox priests, accused of sexually abusing a woman parishioner, before proceeding in the case, officials said.

If the court, which will hear the matter on Monday, turns down the plea, the accused priests of the Malankara Orthodox Church will be arrested, said informed sources.

All four accused are now on the run, but the sources say that police have tracked them down and is waiting for the court verdict, which will come out on Monday, to take further steps.

Police have come under further pressure with the National Commission for Women (NCW) monitoring the case.

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