Bengaluru: The state government has moved a petition in the Supreme Court, questioning the state High Court verdict dated August 30, 2016 for leaving out five accused in the St. Joseph’s Seminary Rector Fr. Thomas murder case, including a woman.
Saint Peter’s seminary too has filed an appeal in the apex court last month questioning HC decision dated August 30, 2016. The court has sought replies from the accused and the state police in the case before the case comes for hearing on May 17.
“The HC decision to leave out the 5 accused will have substantial influence over the case and the rest of the accused. Ultimately, the verdict of the state HC may deprive justice to the petitioners”, the state government has stated in its appeal. The government has provided scientific, technical and other supporting statements in its petition to the Apex Court.
It may be noted that the high court had said that the state police had taken more than 2 years to provide substantial additional evidence to the case which took place in 2013.
“Since police had to collect evidence from people abroad in the case, the delay is perhaps justified”, state government has mentioned in its appeal to the SC.
It may be recalled that 64-year-old Fr. Thomas, the then rector of St. Joseph’s Seminary was bludgeoned to death in its precincts on the night of April 1, 2013. His hard line stance which led to isolating Kannada Catholics led to his murder, it was suspected. Later, many including few diocesan priests were arrested in connection with the case. Among the accused, 5 were let off by the HC in its order dated August 30, 2016. Fr. C Selavraj (known as Chasara ), a Kannadiga priest, an accused in the case who led a group of Kannada Catholics had died of illness on March 16, 2016.
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