Arrest warrant for Indian bishop stayed: The Church of England Newspaper, June 16, 2013 p 6. June 19, 2013Posted by geoconger in Church of England Newspaper, Church of North India, Corruption.
Tags: Diocese of Lucknow, Morris Edgar Dan
An Indian court has stayed two arrest warrants issued against the Bishop in Lucknow, the Rt. Rev. Morris Edgar Dan, after the bishop’s lawyers filed an emergency petition with the Allahabad High Court.
Justices Arun Tandon and M K Gupta stayed execution of the warrants last week after two criminal complaints were filed against the bishop. On 22 April Paul Geniya lodged an FIR – the initial complaint in Indian criminal court proceedings the bishop accusing the bishop of threatening his life and for having held him in captivity.
The second complaint filed by Subodh Kumar Srivastava of Agra alleged the bishop had forged documents in order to allow him to the property of Luckow Diocese Trust Association. Last month the bishop was granted bail in two other criminal proceedings were he had been charged with theft of diocesan assets.
The bishop’s legal battles reached public notice in July 2011 after he held a press conference accusing Mr. C V Innes, the former principal of the diocesan owned Boys’ High School in Allahabad, of conspiring to kill him.
Bishop Dan told reporters that “with the help of former Bishop AR Stephen, Innes had got the by-laws of society changed and announced that the Bishop of Lucknow will not be the chairman of the Allahabad High School Society.”
The bishop demanded the government protect him from Mr. Innes and Bishop Stephen’s supporters. School leaders had sought to remove Bishop Dan after accusations of theft of school assets were leveled against the bishop. The cases and the bishop’s counter claims are currently pending in the courts.