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The newly built Hyderabad church attacked –opposed by local villagers yet built without permission from the Government – why accuse Hindus? (2)

May 28, 2017

The newly built Hyderabad church attacked –opposed by local villagers yet built without permission from the Government – why accuse Hindus? (2)

Hyderabad church attacked

Why local people should have objected to the building of Church?[1]: “The Special Correspondent” always not named of “The Hindu” characteristically reported as follows: “The church consecrated on May 13 by the Archbishop of Hyderabad Reverend Thumma Bala came under attack after a mob of locals reportedly entered it….. The miscreants, it was understood, had earlier gathered at the gram panchayat office, where a meeting was held opposing the continuation of the church……. The mob was led by the village sarpanch, said the police. “The irate villagers claimed that the owner of the land had illegally built the church. We have booked them for rioting,” Inspector M. Surender said, adding that they were yet to name people in the case[2]. The inspector also said George Reddy, the owner of the land who had allocated about 1,000 square yards for the church, had applied for permission for constructing a church with the district administration but had not received approval yet[3]. So why, they did not answer the issues connected?:

  1. Who are the miscreants not named?
  2. Why they opposed the building of Church?
  3. The opposition started immediately, yet, the Christians have been adamant enough to continue to violate the law and wishes of the local people.
  4. The miscreants, it was understood, had earlier gathered at the gram panchayat office, where a meeting was held opposing the continuation of the church…….”., thus, it is revealed through the Hindu report.
  5. …….The mob was led by the village sarpanch, said the police. “The irate villagers claimed that the owner of the land had illegally built the church.” Then, how and why the Bishop came there consecrate?
  6. Do all these Christians from Bishop to the nominated MLA in Telangana Assembly Elvis Stephenson and national coordinator of the Disaster Management wing of the All India Catholic Union Roydin Roach, want to legitimatize their illegal acts under the guise of Christianity, minority or some other reason?
  7. “The irate villagers claimed that the owner of the land had illegally built the church. We have booked them for rioting,” Inspector M.”- good, but, what about the violators of the law of this land? How they are superior to the villagers? Why no action was taken agaist George Reddy or the Bishop who wanted to justify the illegal acts?

 Miscreants attacked church in Hyderabad-1

Elvis Stephenson connected with Church and political activities: Though, one is not interested in the affairs of others, but, when they try to poke their noses with vested interests, naturally, the other would try to probe why they are poking their noses. When started verifying with the persons involved in the church building affairs, there have been a lot of controversies, accusations and arrested involving politics and Christian religious leaders. The reported in 2015: “Police are verifying the reported statement of Telangana nominated MLA Elvis Stephenson made before the Magistrate in the cash-for-vote case, that Bishop Harry Sebastian had connected him to A.P. Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu over mobile phone[4]. The statement indicated that Sebastian had called up Stephenson three to four times assuring to put him through Mr. Naidu over phone. Around 4 p.m. on May 30, 2015 he Bishop rang up on mobile phone No. 9949054322 of the nominated MLA and connected him to Naidu. Five hours later, Sebastian gave a ring to him and passed on his new mobile phone number, sources said. The next morning, he rang up again and conveyed that he (Sebastian) along with TDP MLA A. Revanth Reddy would come to his house and hand over Rs. 50 lakh out of the Rs. 5 crore assured to be paid to cast vote to the TDP MLC nominee. But Sebastian later decided to change the place of meeting. Then the nominated MLA approached his friend Malcolm Taylor stating that he wanted to meet some people at the latter’s house. However, the meeting was arranged at the house of Taylor’s mother. The ACB officials had set up audio and video recording equipment in the house. Elvis Stephenson had told the Magistrate that Bishop Harry Sebastian had connected him to Naidu over phone”[5].  So, one should not not involved in such controversies, if he has been truly religious and worried about God! But, the events show that they have been more interested in other affairs and activities also.

Phone tapping involving Elvis Stephenson- cash for vote

Bishop Sebastian Harry arrested in cash-for-vote scandal involving Elvis Stephenson[6]: It appears that the Christian MLA was involved in controversies also. The Hyderabad High Court on Friday [03-06-2016] quashed an FIR filed against Jerusalem Mathaiah, an accused in the cash-for-vote scandal involving TDP MLA in Telangana A Revanth Reddy. Mathaiah, whose name figures as the fourth accused in the case registered on May 31, 2015, by Telangana’s Anti-Corruption Bureau, had moved the court seeking quashing of the FIR. On May 31 last year, TDP’s deputy floor leader in Telangana Assembly Revanth Reddy and two others Bishop Sebastian Harry and Uday Simha were arrested by ACB while allegedly paying a bribe of Rs 50 lakh to Elvis Stephenson, a nominated MLA, for supporting TDP nominee Vem Narendar Reddy in Legislative Council elections on June 1, 2016. TDP MLA Sandra Venkata Veeraiah was also arrested later. All of them were subsequently granted bail. Mathaiah had secured a High Court order staying his arrest. He had sought quashing of the FIR on the ground that at no point he had had any conversation with Stephenson and the link was not established between him and Revanth Reddy[7]. Justice B Siva Sankara Rao allowed his application and quashed the FIR against him. In spite of all these happenings, KCR samctioned Rs. 5 crores for building church buildings and Elvis Stephenson thanked him appreciating[8]. These are mentioned not for raking up old issues or settled matter among the involved Christian leaders and politicians, but, as they accuse Hindus of “extremism” and all, then, their nature has also to be subjected to scrutiny.

Phone tapping involving Elvis Stephenson- cash for vote-church

Andhra, Telengana, Church building and Communalization of society: When Samuel Rajasekhara Reddy was there, he was openly accused of helping Christians to build churches all over AP. Incidentally, the AP people openly told that he was punished by the God Venkateswara, as he allowed Christians even to encroach Titupati and Tirumala by building Church and distributing propagandist materials denigrating Hindu religion. Now, Telengana state has been created much against wishes of Telugu speaking people, but, just to satisfy the personal interests of KCR and his associates. As he has been communalizing Telengana, he has been hobnobbing with the fundamentalist Muslims and Christians going on granting funds and other facilities officially. Thus, these fundamental groups have been emboldened to engage themselves in communal agenda. In doing so, naturally, they have started rubbing the feelings of Hindus. Here also one can carefully note the tone and tenor of the Christian leaders speaking against Hindus. They have been allowing SC converted Christians to continue as Hinds only, as otherwise, they would loose the reservation benefits. At the same time, when the Christians get benefits, they are not percolated to the converted Christians. With a lot of misappropriation of funds, sex scandals involving Bishops, pastors etc., they have been perhaps indulged in this type of mudslinging, creating controversies and inciting violence through illegal activities. Therefore, it is better to check these vested groups, instead of accusing “ordinary people” and so on!

© Vedaprakash

28-05-2017

Phone tapping involving Elvis Stephenson

[1] http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Hyderabad/newly-built-church-vandalised/article18521075.ece

[2] Ucanindia.in, Newly built Catholic church in Hyderabad vandalised, : MAY 22, 2017

[3] http://www.ucanindia.in/news/newly-built-catholic-church-in-hyderabad-vandalised/34833/daily

[4] The Hindu, Police verifying statement of Elvis Stephenson, HYDERABAD:, JUNE 21, 2015 00:00 IST;  UPDATED: JUNE 21, 2015 05:48 IST

[5] http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/andhra-pradesh/police-verifying-statement-of-elvis-stephenson/article7338841.ece

[6] TheNewsMinute, Hyderabad HC quashes FIR against an accused in cash-for-vote scandal, Saturday, June 04, 2016. 06.47.

[7] http://www.thenewsminute.com/article/hyderabad-hc-quashes-fir-against-accused-cash-vote-scandal-44326

[8]  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aGGuOPzJ2dY

 

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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/