Archbishop Leo Cornelio is accused of attempting to poison a priest
An Indian court is set to hear a case against three top Catholic Church leaders including an archbishop over the alleged attempt to poison a fellow priest in an effort to call into question his mental state, reports Ucanews.
Magistrate Alok Mishra ordered the registering of the case on February 7 and set a complaint hearing for March 1 against Archbishop Leo Cornelio of Bhopal, his vicar general Father VC Mathew and archdiocese spokesman Father PJ Johny.
The case alleges that Father Anand Muttungal, former public relations officer for the archdiocese, was targeted by his superiors after he filed a court case over alleged misappropriation of funds by local Church leaders.
Archbishop Cornelio told ucanews.com the allegations against him were baseless and his accuser suffered from behavioral problems.
“We consulted psychiatrists and they advised medicines,” he said. But the plan was abandoned later as the priest behaved normal, he added.
“But now he goes around doing all these things to discredit the Church and challenge its authority. He is doing all of this with malicious intent.”
FULL STORY Indian priest alleges plot to sabotage his mental health (Ucanews)