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Richard Huckle, Vijesh Kooriyil and Hasan Suroor: How these pedophiles are different to be treated variously under secularism or otherwise by the British and Indian media?

June 9, 2016

Richard Huckle, Vijesh Kooriyil and Hasan Suroor: How these pedophiles are different to be treated variously under secularism or otherwise by the British and Indian media?

Pedophiles connected with India are prosecuted in London CourtsJune 2016 flooded with pedopphile cases adjudicated in London, but connected with India: In June 2016, pedophile cases are adjudicated and decided in London courts prosecuting various categories, as reports appearing in the media. They are first Richard Huckle, second Vijesh Kooriyil[1] and then, columnist Hasan Suroor. Indians really have to wonder as to how all these pedophiles have been connected with India, particularly South India. Indians do not know as to such pedophile cases would be decided in June one by one.  Richard Huckle was visiting Bangalore Christian orphanage,   Vijesh Kooriyil hailing from Malappuram and Hasan Suroor, the famous columnist of “The Hindu”! As Indians are imbibed with secularism, western and leftist ldeologists, they are made to think as this prosecution has been of the British type or secular type. Richard Huckle has been Christian, Vijesh Kooriyil obviously Hindu and Hasan Suroor Muslim! Whether the court cases are timed, reporting coincidental or assumed pattern incidental would be decided in due course. However, the accelerated interest, swift attention and rapid curiosity exibited by certain Indian media makes Indians to concentrate in the news. Yes, the Hasan Suroor has been picked up by “The Hindu”, “Outlook, “Scroll.in” etc., to come out with response evidently heaving a sigh of relief. First look at the news appearing in the media.

hasan-suroor-muslim-apologetic-columnistCharged Hasan Suroor found not guilty: A UK court on Tuesday (07-06-2016) dropped a case of “sexual grooming” against an Indian-origin British journalist, London-based Indian journalist and columnist Hasan Suroor for lack of evidence and declared him not guilty[2]. Suroor was ‘trapped’ by a vigilante group at a spot in south London and subjected to aggressive and threatening questioning by the group. The Crown charged Mr. Suroor with violating Section 16 of the Sexual Offences Act 2003 (sexual grooming of a child) and Section 1(1) of the Criminal Attempts Act (1981)[3]. The Crown formally withdrew charges as its chief witness Jonathan Clark, a member of the vigilante group, withdrew his support for the prosecution and failed to appear. Further, Mr. Suroor has no digital footprint of grooming, which is common marker of online sexual grooming, his lawyer Paul Mason told The Hindu[4].

hasan-suroor-muslim-apologetic-columnist-supporting-isSerious allegations were sought to be pursued on the basis of a “telephone call” from an “unregulated” vigilante group: Suroor, who was arrested by British Transport Police (BTP) last November 2015 after an anti-paedophile sting operation in London, is now planning to sue the vigilante group, Unknown TV, behind the sting for damages[5]. “Following a further review of the case there is now no longer a realistic prospect of conviction,” the UK’s Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) told Blackfriars Crown Court in a written submission on Tuesday (07-06-2016). The judge ruled that he had decided to return an “unequivocal verdict of not guilty”. The judge ruled he had decided to return an “unequivocal” verdict of “not guilty” and criticised the prosecution’s handling of the case[6]. He said he was “extremely concerned” that such serious allegations were sought to be pursued on the basis of a “telephone call” from an “unregulated” vigilante group[7]. But, Indians wonder as to such an advanced country could have such “unregulated” vigilante group moving all over the London city prouling on alleged pedophiles and the CPS to book case pursued on the basis of a “telephone call” from them.

hasan-suroor-leftist-is-supporter-hindutwa-opponent-twitters-2A written order declaring Suroor innocent is to be issued on 24 June 2016: A written order declaring Suroor innocent is to be issued on 24 June 2016 along with a ruling on his application for his legal costs to be reimbursed. Suroor’s lawyer Paul Mason said: “The robust stand we took has paid off.” The CPS is yet to officially comment on the case[8]. Suroor had been caught on camera as he was confronted by members of Unknown TV, organisers of the sting operation who alleged he was waiting for a 14-year-old girl[9]. A member of the anti-paedophile vigilante group had allegedly posed as a 14-year-old and allegedly solicited Suroor on social media[10]. Groups such as Unknown TV pose as minors on dating and social networking sites in an attempt to catch adult men who solicit sex with minors[11].

Parvathi Menon, The Hindu columnistParvathi Menon expert on “Ayodhya related secular issues”[12] reports about the case: It is intriguing that the “Outlook” has come out with apologia sort of support to Saroor[13], that too, an article type written by[14]Dipsikha Thakur is a trainee journalist with Outlook. She graduated from Cambridge earlier this year with a BA in English and Classics.” She has written a lengthy story, as if, she was writing for her examinations. But, “The Hindu” has been more professional, as it has bandwagon of historians category of columinists (Bangalore’s residential editor of The Hindu). Thus, Parvathi Menon came for resucue[15], “The charges of sexual-grooming filed …have been withdrawn for lack of evidence, although the judge hearing the case at the Blackfriars Crown Court has set the date for formally declaring Mr. Suroor, “not guilty” on June 24…….”. She has been so faithful and loyal to mention him as “Mr.Suroor was ‘trapped’”……….. subjected to aggressive and threatening questioning by the group. …….. as its chief witness Jonathan Clark, a member of the vigilante group, withdrew his support for the prosecution and failed to appear……… Further, Mr. Suroor has no digital footprint of grooming, which is common marker of online sexual grooming, his lawyer Paul Mason told The Hindu……..”. Paravthi Menon as been a vigorous writer on Ayodhya related issues[16] commenting upon the Supreme Court judgment and so on, particularly criticizing Hindutwa[17].

Vijesh Kooriyil Crown Court“….chief witness Jonathan Clark, a member of the vigilante group, withdrew his support for the prosecution and failed to appear….”: The proceedings, as reported by the British media has been intriguing, for the following reasons:

1.       The CPS is yet to officially comment on the case.

2.      The written order to be out on June.24, 2016.

3.      The complaintant / witness did not co-operate or became hostile.

4.      That is, the chief witness Jonathan Clark, a member of the vigilante group, withdrew his support for the prosecution and failed to appear…

5.      The Vigilant group may appeal.

Why then, the particular Indian media houses react differently for Hasan Surror, but keeping silence on the first two pedophiles ant the related issues. When India has already been affected by the pedophile menace, how they could react with bias towards Hasan Suroor alone without caring for thousands and perhaps, lakh of Indian children, young boys and girls, teenage girls and others. Really, it is ironical that they play “communal card” under the guise of “secularism”!

© Vedaprakash

09-06-2016

[1] Kerala Paedophile failed to turn up at Oxford Crown Court on Tuesday to face trial for repeatedly raping a young boy in Oxford between 2010 and 2011. The court heard the 29-year-old business manager was on unconditional bail when he told his solicitors he was going to attend court, before boarding a plane to Delhi from Heathrow on Monday night (06-06-2016). But a jury of seven women and five men unanimously found Kooriyil guilty of both rapes on the boy who was aged six or seven at the time.

http://www.oxfordmail.co.uk/news/14536619.International_manhunt_launched_for__dangerous__child_rapist_who_fled_on_the_eve_of_his_trial/

[2] Firstpost.com, Indian-origin UK journalist Hasan Suroor found not guilty in paedophile sting case, PTI  Jun 8, 2016 07:25 IST

[3] The Hindu, Crown Prosecution withdraws charges of sexual grooming against journalist Hasan Suroor, Parvathi Menon, London, June 8, 2016 Updated: June 8, 2016 19:12 IST

[4] http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/crown-prosecution-withdraws-charges-of-sexual-grooming-against-journalist-hasan-suroor/article8705923.ece

[5] http://www.huffingtonpost.in/2016/06/08/hasan-suroor_n_10349758.html

[6] The Hindusthan Times, Case against Indian-origin scribe Suroor dropped in UK, Updated: Jun 08, 2016 10:42 IST

[7] Scroll.in, Not enough evidence against journalist Hasan Suroor in child abuse case, says UK by Scroll Staff

[8] http://www.hindustantimes.com/world/case-against-indian-origin-scribe-suroor-dropped-in-uk/story-NF7rt7o8aoStnOxb6ZvdcK.html

[9] The allegations are related to a sting video shot by the group, in which a group of men are heckling Suroor and accusing him of paedophilia. According to Outlook, the 65-year-old journalist did not deny the group’s allegations that he had met a 14-year-old girl online and that they exchanged sexually suggestive messages. They agreed to meet, and while he was waiting for the girl to show up, the group members appeared with a camera and cornered him. http://scroll.in/latest/809547/not-enough-evidence-against-journalist-hasan-suroor-in-child-abuse-case-says-uk

[10] The Huffington Post, Indian-Origin Journalist Hasan Suroor Found Not Guilty In Paedophile Sting Case, Posted: 08/06/2016 13:41 IST Updated: 08/06/2016 13:42 IST

[11] http://www.firstpost.com/india/indian-origin-uk-journalist-hasan-suroor-found-not-guilty-in-paedophile-sting-case-2822400.html

[12] http://www.frontline.in/static/html/fl1809/18090790.htm

[13] Outlook, Hasan Suroor and the question of culpability, Thursday, 09 June, 2016.

[14] http://www.outlookindia.com/website/story/hasan-suroor-and-the-question-of-culpability/295868

[15] http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/crown-prosecution-withdraws-charges-of-sexual-grooming-against-journalist-hasan-suroor/article8705923.ece

[16] http://www.frontline.in/static/html/fl2019/stories/20030926005613100.htm

[17] http://www.countercurrents.org/comm-menon300304.htm

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Why the priest of Gunadala Mary Matha Church is involved in sexploitation and it is reported selectively?

March 14, 2016

Why the priest of Gunadala Mary Matha Church is involved in sexploitation and it is reported selectively?

Mary Matha Church Gunadala, Vijayawada, where a priest is involved in sex-porn

Gunadala Mary Matha Church priest involved in sexual exploitation: The management of a Catholic church at Gunadala Mary Matha Church here, which landed in a major controversy following charges of sexual misconduct of a priest, reportedly began inquiry into the episode[1]. “The Times of India” mentions its name, whereas, “The Hindu” does not mention the name of the church involved. The roots of this case seem to be deep as the city police reportedly had to take 11 members into police custody for interrogation as on Saturday 12-03-2016[2]. The religious head had paid ransom to a gang[3]. Not satisfied with the payment, the gang demanded more money and threatened the victim, who approached the police. The priest is understood to have told the police that he paid more than Rs. 1 crore to the gang[4]. He alleged the extortionists, who befriended him, morphed his image in a pornographic film and collected money from him. “It is a fact that a gang blackmailed the religious head and extorted huge money from him. We are investigating the case from all angles,” said City Police Commissioner D. Gautam Sawang.

Mary Matha Church Gunadala, VijayawadaThe involved priest has already been accused of misappropriation of funds etc: However, the church management is inquiring into the behaviour of the religious head and his source of income. It was alleged that a portion of the funds allocated to the shrine and for the poor were misused by him. The City Task Force police collected details of the gang from the priest and rounded up many of the accused. Police are investigating why the religious head was targeted, how he was trapped and the mode of payment made to the extortion gang. Investigation officers are trying to find out whether the pornographic film was original or morphed, if so where the film was shot and the persons involved in the act, including the woman. Police collected the call data of the gangsters and are collecting scientific evidence in the case. The media has been very selective in reporting the facts, as evidently, a Catholic priest has been involved.

 Mary Matha Church Gunadala, Vijayawada, where a priest is involved

The Church management is planning to replace the priest after conducting an inquiry: It is said that a follower of the religious head shared sensitive information about the priest, including his financial standing, with the gang which lured him on the pretext of offering a party a few months ago. Later, they started blackmailing him. The role of some media persons came to the fore as they took duplicate copies of the film and collected money from the priest for not telecasting his illegal activities in the news channels. “The extortion gang committed similar offences in other places in the State. We are trying to find out whether the media personnel and advocates whose phone numbers were surfaced in the call data recordings were part of the gang?” an investigation officer told The Hindu . It is learnt that the church management is planning to replace the priest after conducting an inquiry[5]. The heads of the church reportedly sought clarification from the priest on the allegations. However, nothing has been reported the version of the accused priest in the case. In fact, his name itself is not revealed.

Bomga Suresh sexual harassment APJuly 2015 incidence of sexual harassment a girl by three boys in Gunadala: In and around the Mary Matha Church, Gunadala, there have been several incidences of sexual abuses of girls as selectively reported by the media. A minor girl was reportedly subjected to sexual abuse by five youths at Bethleham Colony in Gunadala[6]. The incident came to light on Saturday. Machavaram police took three of the accused into custody, and registered a case under section 376 of the IPC. A 15-year-old girl, resident of Carmel Nagar in Gunadala, went to the Mary Matha Church along with her boyfriend. He and the four other accused are alleged to have drugged her, took her to a room in Bethleham Colony and sexually abused her for two days. Three of the accused finally dropped the girl in a semi-conscious state at her home in Carmel Nagar on July 17.2015. Her mother, employed as a sweeper by the Vijayawada Municipal Corporation (VMC), had by then lodged a complaint with police. She suspected the involvement of the victim’s boyfriend and his associates. The victim is a class VII dropout. Her boyfriend works at a mobile phone repair shop in Gundala. The police took her boyfriend and two of his associates into custody. They are also on the lookout for the others[7].

Bomga Suresh sexual harassment AP.2Bonga Suresh, priest involved in sexual scandal: Bonga Suresh, a pastor of a Church / parish RCM priest in Krishna district continuously harassed a woman sexually. The video gives full details, as to how he has been sexploiting the girls there. Obviously, the young woman had been threatened as it would affect the image of the church and hence she narrated her sexploitation in limited terms, but exposing the pastor. At one stage,, she was even forced to commit suicide. In fact, she informed the Bishop, but, he refused to entertain her plea, obviously for the honour of the church[8]. Though, the Church denomination is not mentioned, the involvement, sexploitation etc., are exposed thoroughly.

Pornography was discussed during the youth Christian convention, October 2015: In the National Youth Conference of the Assemblies of God in Hyderabad during October 23-25, 2012, Duke Jeyaraj talked about perils of pornography and bust the biggest excuse people use to watch porn which is, “I am watching porn to learn sex technique which I will only use inside of marriage.” Other hot topics were covered brilliantly by other experts and I thank God for each one of them[9]. Whether, it was negative suggestion or otherwise, the very discussion would lead to young people differently. Particularly, when the Indian church has been rocked by thousands of sex, rape and sexploitation cases, why such things are encouraged is not known.

The biased, prejudiced and partial reporting of the media: As many happenings have been taking place involving religious heads in different parts of India and such events are reported, commented upon and viewed by the leading TV-channels, media experts and journalists in not only print and electronic media, but also in social network, the bias in their responses is noted very easily. Much hue and cry has been made about the “World Cultural Festival” conducted on the banks of Yamuna from March 11th to 13th 2016. The private visit of temples in Andhra by Nityananda has been sensationalised by the media, meticulously repeating his 2010 incidence and all. But, a Christian priest has been involved, the way the media reports can be noted. In spite of pornography is involved, the media wants to play down and suppress the facts. It is just like the JNU porn CD issue. Here also CDs are in circulation, but, no TV channel broadcast as done in Nityananda case, why? Who imposes such restrictions? Why such partiality comes into play? Is Nityananda been different from Joseph Palanivel Jeyapaul or any other rapist, child rapist or paedophile? When he has been reinstated[10], the same media experts kept silence, they did not respond the way they do in facebook and twitter.

© Vedaprakash

14-03-2016

[1]  The times of India, Catholic priest case: 11 persons taken into custody, Phanindra Papasani | TNN | Mar 13, 2016, 12.36 AM IST.

[2] http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/vijayawada/Catholic-priest-case-11-persons-taken-into-custody/articleshow/51376906.cms

[3] The Hindu, Priest, blackmailed by gang, paid hefty amount, says CP, by Rajulapudi srinivas, Vijayawada, March.14, 2016; Updated: March 14, 2016 05:46 IST.

[4] http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Vijayawada/priest-blackmailed-by-gang-paid-hefty-amount-says-cp/article8351138.ece

[5] http://www.nyoooz.com/vijayawada/389661/priest-blackmailed-by-gang-paid-hefty-amount-says-cp

[6] The times of India, Minor girl in Vijaywada sexually abused; 3 held, TNN | Jul 19, 2015, 02.34 PM IST

[7] http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/vijayawada/Minor-girl-in-Vijaywada-sexually-abused-3-held/articleshow/48132614.cms

[8] http://yttoons.com/watch/KQCBnGpCR0w/sexual-harassment-by-church-father-6tv

[9] http://g-4mission.blogspot.in/2012_11_01_archive.html

[10] http://mattersindia.com/2016/02/queens-woman-shocked-vatican-reinstates-priest-who-raped-her/

Joseph Palanivel Jeyapaul and Swami Nityananda: How Secularism handles the same issue differently!

June 17, 2015

Joseph Palanivel Jeyapaul and Swami Nityananda: How Secularism handles the same issue differently!

Arrested-Police in southern India have arrested Rev. Joseph Palanivel Jeyapaul, who is wanted in the U.S. on sexual assault charges

Arrested-Police in southern India have arrested Rev. Joseph Palanivel Jeyapaul, who is wanted in the U.S. on sexual assault charges

Swami Nityananda is now known to many in India, because of the media that spread the video and connected details off and on many times in India. However, Joseph Palanivel Jeyapaul, who has also been involved in a similar case, but more serious, has been played downed by the media in a casual way. Though only news has come out about Joseph Palanivel Jeyapaul, nothing is known to Indians.  Under the guise of attending his sick mother, he came to India, but did not return to US, so US asked for deportation. Ironically, now, he is deported to India, after neutralizing his prison term, though convicted for the sexual charges[1]. The defrocked priest admitted to sexually abusing a teenage girl and then fleeing the country to avoid prosecution, but he would not serve any jail sentence, as he settled a $750,000 civil suit with his sex-victim as a part of a plea deal with prosecutors[2]. In Tamil, there is a comedy strip shown frequently in vernacular TV channel about one ‘Minor Kunju’ who was involved in raping women, but used to pay the mandatory fine of Rs. 5,000/- in advance, so that he could go for raping another. So, the comedian reportedly shot his ‘kunju’ meaning penis!

nithyananda-ranjitha News cutting

nithyananda-ranjitha News cutting

Accused Priest and tight-lipped Catholic authority (June 2015): Joseph Palanivel Jeyapaul accepted guilty on June 19th 2015 to fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct, a felony, in one of the two cases. The other case, in which he is charged with two counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct, was pending[3] in the case of molesting a girl in US in 2005. He faces up to 15 years in prison at his sentencing scheduled for June 15, 2015. The case was dragged on for more than 10 years, because of the Catholic Church in India was obviously aiding and abetting with him. Even now, the Catholic Diocese to which priest Joseph Palanivel Jeyapaul, accused of sexually abusing a minor girl in the US, is attached, is tight-lipped about the developments[4]. “We are yet to receive any such information. We can comment on this only after we get proper information,” maintained Diocese PRO Selvanathan, speaking to “Indian Express” over phone and also refused to comment on the stand of the diocese on the charges[5]. Really, when this has become an international story and the Madras Bishop was responding to the Roseau County Courthouse authorities and the Vatican defrocked him, Selvanathan decided to play safe.

Kunju minor, Niyananda. Joseph

Kunju minor, Niyananda. Joseph

Frivolous petition, dragging case in Madras (2013): In 2013, when Jeyapaul was arrested and jailed in Tihar, her sister filed an petition in the Madras High court. The Court on June 28. 2013 (Thursday) dismissed a habeas corpus petition seeking the release of a parish priest, who had allegedly sexually-abused a 14-year-old girl in the US, and who was now lodged in Tihar Jail in New Delhi[6]. A Division Bench comprising Justices V. Dhanapalan and C.T. Selvam passed the order on a petition by one P. Pushpavathy, challenging an order of the Ministry of External Affairs, of March 8, 2011, requesting the Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate, Patiala House Courts, New Delhi, to inquire into the request for extradition of the petitioner’s brother, Joseph Palanivel Jeyapaul, to the US. To facilitate the inquiry, an arrest warrant against Jeyapaul, who was wanted by the US authorities for alleged “criminal sexual conduct in the first degree”, under that country’s laws, was necessitated. The warrant was necessary as he was not available for the inquiry. The petitioner said Jeyapaul was incardinated to the Catholic Diocese of Ootacamund and was ordained a priest in May 1982. He served as Assistant Parish Priest in St. John De Britto Church, Sathyamangalam, Erode district, from 1982 to 1983 and became a parish priest in 1985.

Priesthood- Jeyapaul worked as a priest at Infant Jesus Church in India, but was banned from being around children

Priesthood- Jeyapaul worked as a priest at Infant Jesus Church in India, but was banned from being around children

On an invitation to serve at the Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Greenbush, Roseau Country for three years, he left for USA in August 2004 but returned to India in August 2005, as his mother was critically ill. Under these circumstances, the MEA issued the impugned order. Following that, an application was filed before the Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate, for arresting Jeyapaul. The Interpol issued an alert after it was found that he was in India[7]. He was arrested on March 16, 2012 at Chimitahalli in Erode district and remanded to custody and lodged in Tihar Jail[8].

Captured- He was arrested in the Erode district, in the southern state of Tamil Nadu

Captured- He was arrested in the Erode district, in the southern state of Tamil Nadu

Hence, the present petition. Mr. Justice Dhanapalan said while the parish priest was in the US, he was alleged to have sexually-abused a 14-year-old girl. The fugitive accused had been arrested pursuant to a warrant issued by the magistrate. A reading of the MEA’s order made it clear that it was the Centre which made the request to the Additional CMM to inquire into the matter. The course adopted by the Ministry could not be termed ‘detention’, much less ‘illegal detention’. This was a matter which concerned countries under the treaty which provided for certain obligations on the extraditing country to look into, under the relevant provisions of the law. The procedure had been followed and the MEA’s order was in accordance with law, the Judge said.

Former parish- He had served at the Blessed Sacrament Church in Minnesota

Former parish- He had served at the Blessed Sacrament Church in Minnesota

The callous attitude of CBCI (2011-12): Father Babu Joseph of the CBCI said, “He (Jeyapaul) will certainly cooperate with the civil authorities (in US) inquiring into the matter in case there is further need for him to go to the US……We are taking the allegations against him (Jeyapaul) seriously…..already some administrative actions have been taken against him….He has not been assigned any parish or any pastor work. On the contrary he has been asked to stay in the Bishop’s house and help out in his office work… He has been kept away from children and people,” he added. Jeyapaul had fled to southern India in September 2005 after he was accused of molesting the girl. Wanted in the US on sexual assault charges, he was arrested by Indian Police in March 2012.

Alleged victim- Megan Peterson -right- now 22, claims she was sexually assaulted by Jeyapaul when she was 14, she is pictured with attorney Jeff Anderson

Alleged victim- Megan Peterson -right- now 22, claims she was sexually assaulted by Jeyapaul when she was 14, she is pictured with attorney Jeff Anderson

Madras Catholic Church helping Joseph Palanivel Jeyapaul (2010): Joseph Palanivel Jeyapaul, facing charges of sexually assaulting a 14-year-old girl in Minnesota, United Sates, was on Tuesday (April.5 2010) asked by the Archbishop of Madras to return to the U.S. for further investigations. As the Diocese of Udhagamandalam, the home Diocese of Jeypaul, which oversees the priest of Indian origin, said it was probing the matter in detail. The Archbishop of Madras M. Chinnappa said he had spoken to the Bishop of Ootacamund on Tuesday to take action against the priest. Fr. Jeyapaul was currently staying in the hill town in Tamil Nadu. “I have asked the Bishop of Ooty to comply with the demands of the case. Jeyapaul must return to the U.S. if necessary for further investigations. He has to oblige. There is no way out,” Fr. Chinnappa said in Chennai. Prosecutors in Minnesota yesterday said they were trying to extradite 55-year-old Jeyapaul. Fr. Jeyapaul, however, had denied the sexual abuse allegations and reported to have said he has no plans to return to the U.S. to face the courts there[9]. Vatican officials recommended Jeyapaul’s removal from the priesthood, but the local Indian bishop instead sentenced him to a year in a monastery through a canonical trial[10].

Prosecuting- Attorney Jeff Anderson (left) speaks about Father Joseph Jeyapaul case in St. Paul

Prosecuting- Attorney Jeff Anderson (left) speaks about Father Joseph Jeyapaul case in St. Paul

USA requested extradition and India extradited (2007): In January 2007, a case was filed against him in the Roseau County Courthouse, Minnesota. Four years later, the US officials sent an extradition note to the Ministry of External Affairs, Indian government, which in turn asked the Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate of Patiala House Courts, Delhi, to inquire the request and decide on its ‘extraditability’ based on the nature of offences. Based on a warrant issued by the Additional CMM, Jeyapaul was arrested from Erode district on March 16, 2012. His bail pleas and the habeas corpus petition filed by his sister Pushpavathy in the Madras High Court alleging ‘illegal detention’ were rejected, and Joseph Palanivel Jeyapaul was extradited by the Indian Government to the US[11].

Joseph Palanivel Jeyapaul - different faces

Joseph Palanivel Jeyapaul – different faces

Wanted fugitive Bishop in Ooty enjoying life (2004-05): In a statement handed over to reporters, who had gone to meet Fr. Jeyapaul in Udhagamandalam, Bishop Fr. Amulraj of the Diocese said the matter had already been referred to the Catholic Bishops Conference of India (CBCI), the highest Catholic Organization in India for necessary direction. Fr. Amulraj earlier said Fr. Jeyapaul had gone to meet his advocate to Chennai regarding the cases, which came to limelight through the press. In the statement, Fr. Amulraj stated that it was true that the said priest was working in the Diocese of Crookstone in the State of Minnesota in the U.S. from September 2004 to August 2005. “Suddenly he had to rush back to India to see his ailing mother and he never returned to U.S. since then…………In the meantime some sexual abuse cases connected to Fr. Jeyapaul emerged and we conducted an enquiry into the matter……..As the above allegations could not be proved beyond doubt, he was placed under the direct supervision of the Bishop……..Now the same allegations have come up to limelight through the press, we are studying the matter in detail,” Amulraj said. People in and around the area are tight-lipped about the presence of Fr. Jeyapaul either in the Bishop’s house or in the Nilgiris, since he was instrumental in providing jobs, including temporary ones, to the poor and needy in 12 schools run by the Diocese, a worker in one of the schools said on the condition of anonymity[12]. The Vatican’s data clearly proves how the Ootacamund diocese behaved differently[13].

Joseph Palanivel Jeyapaul

Joseph Palanivel Jeyapaul

[1] http://www.cruxnow.com/church/2015/06/15/priest-gets-time-served-faces-deportation-in-sex-abuse-case/

[2] http://www.wdaz.com/news/minnesota/3766918-former-priest-sentenced-soon-deported-india

[3] http://www.grandforksherald.com/news/region/3750979-former-crookston-priest-files-notice-plead-guilty-sex-crime

[4] Express News Service, Can’t React Without Info, Says Diocese, Published: 05th June 2015 06:00 AM; Last Updated: 05th June 2015 04:47 AM

[5] http://www.newindianexpress.com/states/tamil_nadu/Cant-React-Without-Info-Says-Diocese/2015/06/05/article2850049.ece

[6] The Hindu, High Court upholds arrest of parish priest in molestation case, Updated: June 28, 2013 03:16 IST

[7] http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2117651/Joseph-Jeyapaul-Fugitive-priest-arrested-India-7-years-run-sexually-assaulted-girl.html

[8] http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/tamil-nadu/high-court-upholds-arrest-of-parish-priest-in-molestation-case/article4857554.ece?ref=relatedNews

[9] http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/tamil-nadu/indian-priest-accused-of-sexual-abuse-to-face-probe-in-us/article389682.ece?ref=relatedNews

[10] http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/accused-priest-extradited-from-india-to-us/article6610874.ece?ref=relatedNews

[11] http://www.newindianexpress.com/states/tamil_nadu/Cant-React-Without-Info-Says-Diocese/2015/06/05/article2850049.ece

[12] The Hindu, Indian priest accused of sexual abuse to face probe in U.S., Updated: April 6, 2010 18:39 IST

[13] http://www.bishop-accountability.org/Vatican/Jeyapaul/