Court exonerates half the accused in Bangalore rector murder
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Charges laid against four Catholic priests and two laypeople dropped before trial
Indian Catholics pray during a protest rally in Bengaluru in this file photo. Half of 12 people accused of murdering a Catholic seminary rector because of ongoing ethnic rivalry within Bangalore Archdiocese, based in Bengaluru, have been exonerated. (Photo by AFP)
The Karnataka High Court in southern India has quashed proceedings against six of 12 people accused of murdering a Catholic seminary rector, saying they were falsely implicated because of ongoing ethnic rivalry within Bangalore Archdiocese.
Those cleared of charges include four Catholic priests and two laypeople including a woman.
The High Court said police failed to provide any proof that they aided in the murder of Father K. J. Thomas, rector of St. Peter’s Seminary in the Karnataka state capital of Bengaluru.
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