Kochi, Oct 10 : Kerala High Court on Thursday directed the Ernakulam district administration to hand over the key of a church in Piravom to the orthodox faction.
A division bench comprising Justice A M Shaffique and Justice T V Anilkumar also directed the police to continue providing protection to the church known as Piravom Valiapally, doors of which were thrown open to orthodox faction recently for conducting holy mass.
The bench gave the direction while considering pleas filed by an orthodox priest and others seeking police protection to implement the Supreme Court order granting them possession of the church and its properties.
The orthodox faction offered holy mass after the police took over in its control from rival Jacobite faction on September 26 following a High Court directive. The orthodox faction entered the church, amid tight security, as a nearly two-year old Supreme Court order in favour of it was finally implemented.
The court also held that the priest of the orthodox faction should be accepted by all who offer prayers at the church. It allowed the faithful belonging to the Jacobite faction to attend prayers in the church. (UNI)