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Saturday, August 3, 2013
Coimbatore Bishopric Election Held But Hit By Court Stay
It was a case of so near yet so far for the victorious candidates in
the Coimbatore bishopric elections held today. Four of them were
elected by members of the Diocesan Council to be on the bishopric panel
from which the Synod will ultimately choose one as the new bishop. In
all there were 11 contestants in the fray. Rev Timothy Ravinder who is
the Liaison Officer on the CSI-EMS India Desk topped the panel closely
followed by Rev Paul Selwyn Prabhudas who is the incumbent vice
president of the diocese. Both were elected in the second round of
polling while in the third round two more candidates made it to the
panel. They were Rev D. V. Karunakaran, a former Moderator’s Commissary
for Coimbatore Diocese, and Rev Richard Durai from Erode. ...
But a serious question mark now hangs over the election itself as a
court stay on holding the poll was pasted on the door of the diocesan
office this afternoon. Yesterday a city court had issued a stay but the
orders were only typed this morning and when the court official went to
serve it at the venue of the election, no one accepted it resulting in
the court official then pasting it on the door of the diocesan office.
The stay is based on a case filed by a member of the CSI church in
Yercaud which was not given representation in the diocesan council
polls held earlier. The case has been going on for several months now
and was being contested by the diocese. Therefore the diocese cannot
really claim ignorance about the stay. In fact some sources say the
delay in typing the stay order was ‘managed’ to ensure it did not
prevent the elections from being held.
Rev Timothy Ravinder
is clearly the favourite to become bishop, not least because he has a
very good equation with Moderator G. Devakadasham. This relationship
blossomed when Rev Ravinder served as head of the CSI Centre in Chennai
for a number of years and the Moderator was in charge of the Pastoral
Affairs Department of the Synod. Less than a year ago Rev Ravinder had
been selected to head the high profile CSI-EMS liaison desk at the
Synod Office. With Bishop Devakadasham having less than six months left
as Moderator and highly unlikely to seek a second term as head of the
CSI , any court-induced delay in validating the election held today
will be a worry for Rev Ravinder , perhaps more
than for others in the race.