Case registered against ‘Spirit of Jesus’ evangelist

An evangelist has been booked in connection with the erection of a 30-feet tall metal cross, allegedly in government land in Munnar which was later removed by revenue officials.

A case has been registered against Tom Scaria, an evangelist of the ‘Spirit Of Jesus’, under section 447 (criminal trespass) of the IPC and under provisions of Land Conservancy Act at the Shantapara Police Station, police said.

The FIR was registered on the basis of a complaint filed by the Additional Tahsildar of Udambanchola.

The cross, set up under the garb of ‘spiritual tourism’ atop a hilly area, was brought down with the help of earth movers on Thursday. It was set up on a 30-acre piece of land allegedly encroached by a group of people calling itself ‘Spirit of Jesus,’ officials said.

The Kerala Catholic Bishops Conference (KCBC) had in June 2001 banned Scaria from conducting retreats or other programmes in parishes and had also cautioned catholics in the state from attending such revival meetings.

(Agencies)

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