The Court Restrains Bishop Kuruvilla

The Hon. Munsiff Court, Ottapalam has granted an interim injunction restraining Bishop K. P. Kuruvilla and his accomplices from preventing Rev. Thomas John from discharging his ministries as a Presbyter/clergy of the North Kerala Diocese by IA no. 1109/10 in civil suit no. OS/145/10. The interim order was passed on a case filed against the action of removing Rev. Thomas John from the clergy roll of the diocese on the basis of a forged letter alleged to have been written by him requesting to be relieved from service as clergy of the diocese. Rev. Thomas John’s prayer is that this action be declared null and void as he had not written such a letter. It is learned that the bishop and his cronies do not have such a letter from Rev. Thomas John. The bishop himself confessed the absence of such a letter from Rev. Thomas John to a delegation that met him from the Holy Trinity CSI Church.

Rev Thomas John is a thinker, writer, philosopher, social activist and well respected all over Kerala, was the  former Professor and Head of the Department of Psychology in U C College, Aluva and also a former General Secretary of the student Christian Movement of India. At present he is mission personnel of the Presbyterian Church, USA assisting them in their Hunger Ministry in India and also the Young Adult Volunteer program.

 In 2007, Bishop Kuruvilla summarily relieved Rev. Thomas John from the charge of the Holy Trinity CSI church without assigning any reason. Rev. John accepted this action with grace as he had other important assignments with the Presbyterian Church and he had been serving the pastorate on an honorarium. This action is only one among the many vindictive actions taken by Bishop Kuruvilla on Clergy and laity against whom he has a grouse.  


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