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High drama at Bishop’s house in Mysuru

Bishop K.A. William interacting with his followers at his house in Mysuru on Tuesday.

Bishop K.A. William interacting with his followers at his house in Mysuru on Tuesday.   | Photo Credit: M.A. SRIRAM

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Altercation follows telecast of allegations against him by TV channels

There was high drama at the Bishop’s house in Mysuru on Tuesday when his supporters entered into a verbal altercation with and jostled media personnel, who had reached the venue for a response to varied allegations levelled against Bishop K.A. William

The altercation follows the airing of allegations against the Bishop by sometelevision channels.

Earlier in the day, a group of persons, who wished to level allegations against the Bishop by convening a press conference at the Mysuru District Journalists’ Association (MDJA) premises, were denied permission by the MDJA authorities on the grounds that the charges lacked evidence.

But, the complainants, including Robert Rosario, who was accompanied by Joseph Sodder, an advocate from Mumbai, managed to speak to television channels outside the MDJA premises and the allegations were subsequently aired.

When the media contingent reached the Bishop’s house on Bengaluru-Nilgiri road, the Bishop’s supporters took exception to the telecast of “wild” and “false” allegations without any proof. The verbal altercation soon degenerated into jostling inside the Bishop’s house.

Later, the media contingent was ushered into the Bishop’s chambers. He dismissed the allegations of moral turpitude and financial irregularities levelled against him as “false”.

Though he was aware of the vilification campaign against him through unsigned letters and WhatsApp messages, the Bishop said he was hurt and had invited the persons behind the allegations to meet him so that the same could be clarified. But they had not come and met him so far, the Bishop said.

Mr. William said he had been a priest for the last 25 years, serving various Christian institutions, including St. Philomena’s Church before becoming the Bishop. “Why were the charges not made then?” he asked and regretted that the people against him had even written a letter to the Pope.

He suspected that there was a ‘motive’ behind the campaigners as the allegations had suddenly come up after he took up financial reforms in the affairs of the church.

The Bishop said he had convened a meeting of the Mysuru Diocese’s administrative body on Thursday to seek suggestions on the matter. He also said efforts will be made through the administrative body to invite the complainants for a dialogue to resolve their grievances.

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