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Church Sex Scandal: Kerala HC dismisses anticipatory bail plea of 3 priests

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Kochi, July 11: The Kerala High Court on Wednesday dismissed the anticipatory bail plea of three of the four Malankara Orthodox Church priests who have been accused of raping and molesting a woman parishioner.

As the bail plea was strongly opposed by the prosecution, the counsels of the three priests told the court that their clients were willing to surrender.

But the court pointed out that there was enough evidence against Father Sony Varghese, Father Job Mathew and Father Jaice K. George and declined them bail.

The Crime Branch was expected to nab the three, and also a fourth priest, who is on the run.

A woman who regularly visited the Malankara Orthodox Church had accused five priests of sexually abusing her for a decade.

The case pertains to the blackmail and sexual abuse of a woman by priests after she confessed to a priest about her relationship with another priest.

The priests of the Kottayam-headquartered Malankara Orthodox Church were also suspended following the allegations.

According to the Victim’s husband, one of the priest who first exploited his wife was blackmailing her. When she sought help on this from another priest, he too, threatened her and shared her contact with another fellow priest and in the end she came under the duress from at least five priests.

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Army Major killed in IED blast near LoC, Soldier injured in firing

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Srinagar, Feb 16: An army officer has lost his life in an explosion in the Rajouri sector along the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir, while a soldier was injured in a ceasefire violation by Pakistani forces in the same area on Saturday.

Major-rank army officer, identified as Lt Col Devender Anand was killed while defusing an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) which had been planted by militants.

The officer was from the Corps of Engineers. The IED was planted 1.5 kms inside the Line of Control in the Naushera sector.

Meanwhile, a soldier received injuries in the ceasefire violation at Baba Khodi area of the same region.

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Vayu Shakti 2019: Firepower demonstration of IAF at Pokhran

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Jaipur, Feb 16: The Indian Air Force (IAF) on Saturday demonstrate its full spectrum combat and fire capabilities at Pokhran Range in Rajasthan during ‘Vayu Shakti-2019’.

Indian Air Force chief BS Dhanoa, Cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar and others attended the show.

This was the 7th edition of the Fire Power Demonstration (FPD).

It is conducted by the IAF once in three years which is participated by fighters, transports, helicopters, force enablers and support systems.

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Fire breaks out at Delhi High Court’s canteen

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New Delhi, Feb 16: A fire broke out in Delhi High Court’s canteen on Saturday.

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