Mumbai Metropolitan Magistrate at Girgaum Court Mr. S.K. Karhale has
directed that the Archbishop of Bombay Cardinal Oswald Gracias be
summoned to appear on 2nd August 2011 to answer charges under section
500 r/w 34 of Indian Penal Code in the criminal defamation case filed
against him by a Mumbai lawyer Mr. Arcanjo Sodder

Coincidentally two Archbishops have to be in Court on August 2nd.
While Archbishop of Goa Filipe Neri Ferrao has to appear before a
Magistrate at Panaji to depose as a witness in the 2004 Ribandar
Church case, the Archbishop of Bombay Cardinal Oswald Gracias has been
summoned as an accused by the Mumbai Magistrate in connection with a
defamation case filed against him.

Interestingly while the Goa Archbishop has been summoned on an
application filed by Adv. Aires Rodrigues, the Bombay Archbishop will
also have to be in court at the instance of an Advocate. But while the
Goa Archbishop has to step into the Court as a witness his Bombay
counterpart has to be in Court as an Accused.

Archbishop Cardinal Oswald Gracias is one of the five accused named in
the criminal defamation case filed by the Mumbai lawyer. Father
Dominic Savio Fernandes the Chancellor of the Bombay Archdiocese and
Father Anthony Charanghat the Editor of the Catholic news weekly “The
Examiner’ as well as the Archdiocese of Bombay and the weekly “The
Examiner” are the other accused.

The five are being charged of having with common intention published a
false and defamatory article against Advocate Arcanjo Sodder.

The Mumbai Metropolitan Magistrate Mr. S.K. Karhale in his order
directing the issue of summons to the Bombay Archbishop and four
others makes a reference to the judgment passed last year by then
Justice Nelson Britto of Bombay High Court at Goa in the defamation
case involving Advocate General of Goa Subodh Kantak and Advocate
Aires Rodrigues.

About The Voice Of Bombay's Catholic Laity

Bombay Laity Ezekiel’s Chapter 3 Task as Watchman 17 “Son of man, I have made you a watchman for the people of Israel; so hear the word I speak and give them warning from me. 18 When I say to a wicked person, ‘You will surely die,’ and you do not warn them or speak out to dissuade them from their evil ways in order to save their life, that wicked person will die for[b] their sin, and I will hold you accountable for their blood. 19 But if you do warn the wicked person and they do not turn from their wickedness or from their evil ways, they will die for their sin; but you will have saved yourself.
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