The Supreme Court today lambasted the Kerala Government for its failure to implement the apex court verdict in the row between the Jacobite and Orthodox factions of the church and even warned of arrest of the State Chief Secretary.
The court was hearing a petition for custodianship of two churches at Varikoli and Kattachira on Tuesday.The State Government, according to the Bench of Justice Arun Mishra, not only failed to implement the verdict but also tried to overrule it. This would even attract the arrest of the Chief Secretary, the court warned.
He also noted that it would be advisable for the Chief Secretary to learn from the case of his counterpart in Bihar.Someone needed to apprise the Kerala Chief Secretary about what happened to his counterpart. Incidentally, the court had said in the case relating to Bihar shelter homes that it would be forced to summon the Chief Secretary.
An enraged judge asked if the Kerala Government felt it is above the law and was trying to delay implementation of the verdict. He said it was enough and the court could in no way tolerate such disregard anymore and directed Government counsel to apprise the Chief Secretary of the matter.
Earlier, Kerala High Court had come down heavily in the matter and alleged that the government was being 'selective' in implementing verdicts. It said though the apex court had allowed the Orthodox faction to offer prayers at a church, members of the rival Jacobite faction allegedly prevented them from entering there.
It had then pointed to the 'enthusiasm' of the State Government in implementing the apex court verdict on Sabarimala to allow women in the 10-50 age group to worship there but failed to implement the church verdict.