ANOTHER PARISH, ANOTHER LAND SCAM, ANOTHER UNDERVALUED SALE OF CHURCH PROPERTIES.

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 VM:-018 /2011                           16th, November, 2011
 
ANOTHER PARISH, ANOTHER LAND SCAM,   ANOTHER UNDERVALUED SALE OF CHURCH PROPERTIES.
Hello Friends,
Another fortnight, another VOICEMAIL. This time it is a scam at OUR LADY OF NAZARETH CHURCH, BHAYANDER. It is heartening to note that vigilant parishioners are coming forward, to question the Church hierarchy’s unethical and clandestine disposal of Church Properties. If you may remember, Parishioners from OUR LADY OF REMEDY CHURCH, POINSUR; stalled the deal between the Parish administration and a building society.(VOICEMAIL 014/2011).
Dear friends, it is obvious, unless the parishioners VOICE their concerns about such activities of Parish authorities, this menace will continue and Church properties, which have been donated by our ancestors with good intentions, for the benefit of Community, will vanish. Large chunk of it has already been usurped by vested interests. We say it with conviction; it is with connivance of Parish authorities; SOLE TRUSTEE and Property Committee, together.
We therefore, call upon you to join these brave parishioners and come out with information, related to Property scams in your Parish. Be the VOICE of your Parish. This is the only way to protect the remaining assets, which can be used for the benefit of our community.
Here are a couple of quotes, which you must have read earlier. However, repeating them over here, in order to help you decide, whether you should VOICE your opposition to undesirable happenings, or remain silent.
THE ONLY THING NECESSARY FOR THE TRIUMPH OF EVIL IS FOR GOOD MEN TO DO NOTHING: Edmund Burke
 
v  NOT TO OPPOSE ERROR IS TO APPROVE IT, AND NOT TO DEFEND TRUTH IS TO SUPPRESS IT. AND INDEED TO NEGLECT TO CONFOUND EVIL … WHEN WE CAN DO IT IS NO LESS A SIN THAN TO ENCOURAGE THEM:               POPE ST. FELIX III
 
GREG
CATHOLICS FOR TRUTH, TRANSPARENCY AND WEEDING OF
CORRUPT PRACTICES AT PARISH LEVEL
 
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P. S.:-  SILENT VOICE has received copy of Bishop Bosco Penha’s reply to Noel Corriea. The same will be put up on forthcoming VOICEMAIL.
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                                                                                                                         17th, October, 2011
To,
Most Reverend Cardinal Oswald Gracias,
Archbishop of Bombay,
 
Sub:     Sale of Church Properties, belonging to OL of Nazareth Church, Bhayander.
Your Eminence,
Attached is the letter, addressed to H. E. Bishop Bosco Penha, By Noel Correia, a Parishioner of OUR LADY OF NAZARETH Church, Bhayander. The copy of the same has been sent to you, too.
It is evident; the letter is in response to Bishop Bosco questioning the parishioner, about the statement made by him on some forum. The parishioner seems to have replied quite positively, revealing the mischief played by the parish priest, the so called SOLE TRUSTEE, in relation to Church Properties. Reaction of H. E. Bishop Bosco Penha would be interesting to note.
Your Eminence, The parishioner has literally exposed a scam of undervaluation of the properties, sold by Parish Priest, in order to bypass the approval of Charity Commissioner, as well as the Church Hierarchy. The sale of Church Properties at undervalued rate, by the custodians, does not surprise anybody, anymore. It is the habit developed by them for their own gains. You may call the allegation as unfounded; but, can you envisage any other reason for them to do so? If you do; please, your Eminence, let the parishioners know.
Your Eminence, the Parishioner’s letter to Bishop Bosco Penha is self explanatory; we therefore, are not going into details, those have been already explained in the letter. We believe, the parish priest has misused his power of SOLE TRUSTEE to cause huge financial loss to parish exchequer. Obviously, the parishioners will be concerned about it. It is therefore, a fit case for an impartial and transparent inquiry, to find the truth behind the sale of these properties. We are aware, these inquiries take long, for result to emerge, and finally, the corrupt one is transferred to other parish, to continue with similar activities.
Nevertheless, the least you can do is, establish a transparent inquiry.
Your Eminence, It is a call from Laity, to divest the Parish Priests of SOLE TRUSTEE powers, and bring in transparency in relation to PROPERTIES and FINANCES. The members of Finance and Property Committee must have expertise in the field and they must be ELECTED by parishioners at large, and not SELECTED by PARISH PRIEST. The parishioners must be allowed to attend the meetings and minutes must be displayed on notice board.
We are sure; this may bring some semblance to the issue of property and finances at parish level and regain parishioner’s faith in these committees, which is at the lowest ebb, at present.
While on the subject of parish properties, we wish to remind you of the twenty four flats and a community hall, admeasuring 11000 sq. feet, belonging to OUR LADY OF SALVATION PARISH, DADAR; which has been usurped by the builder. You expressed concern over this huge loss to parish exchequer, during the last meeting. We are sure; you have initiated process to recover this lost property from the builder. Your Eminence, whatever the action you initiate, transparent process will expose the role of the actors within the parish administration. Come what may; without connivance of the parish administrators, the builder would not be able to swallow Church property.
We are looking forward to your intervention in both these matters, as soon as possible.
Yours always, in OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST,
GREG R. PEREIRA.
Copy to: Noel Correia:   Parishioner, OL of NAZARETH CHURCH, BHAYENDER.
Encl:                Letter of Noel Correia to Bishop Bosco Penha.
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Dear Greg,
I have sent this reply in response to the letter sent to me by Bishop Bosco Penha with regards to my statement in the  meeting at Dadar and note in the minutes of meeting which was on the Internet.  “ As Bishop had stated that kindly let me know how he was involved in the sale of properties in Bhayader.”
Regards
Noel Corriea
Wednesday, October 05, 2011
To,
His Lordship Bishop Bosco Penha.
Greeting and Warm Wishes to His Lordship, Kindly accept my sincere apology for the delay in replying your letter as I was out of town for some time.  With Reference to your letter dated 16 Sept, 2011 please find below the following facts.
Please find below the letters send to Charity Commissioner on 14th September, 2009 with CC marked to His Eminence Cardinal Oswald Gracias as well as to you which is self explanatory in regards to the various properties sold which were undervalued and not followed proper procedures of sale. But till date not a response from any of the concerns.
1) If you refer the later dated 14th Sept, 2009.  Page 4 of 8 where in the plot sold bearing survey number 368/11 admeasuring 610 sq mtrs (6.0 gunttas) for 8 lacs on 28th Nov, 2007. For which there is an offer letter in the church records for 14 lacs. (Enclosed, Copy of Mr. Dinesh Chedda’s letter, for your reference). (Agreement for sales Enclosed)
2) There after within six months another Property sold which is near to the above property   bearing survey number 368/18 admeasuring 910 sq mtrs (9.0 gunttas) 36 lacs on 28th May, 2008.  You may see the difference in the selling Price in both the Deals. (Agreement for Sale Enclosed)
3)On 26th Oct,2007  Property Bearing Old Survey number 58/1 and New Survey Number 102/1 admeasuring 25.08 gunttas was sold to M/s Jain International at the total cost of 2,91,00,000/-  (Two Corers Ninety one lacs only)  which amount to Approx cost Per Guntta cost of 11,60,000/-. ((Agreement Enclosed))
The Point is that, If during that period i.e Year 2007 the above Properties were sold for 11.60 lacs per Guntta the why the Properties under Sr.no 1 and 2 sold for approx. 1.25 lacs per Guntta and 4 lac per Guntta)
Further 3 month Before year Fr Allywn D’silva left the Parish of Our Lady of Nazareth in the month of June-2011he sold one more prime Property in Bhayander Bearing Survey number 689 admeasuring 12 gunnttas  for just (75,00,000/- Seventy Five Lacs)  where in the actual cost is Rs 300,00,000/- Three Corers)
Given to understand that Selling Authority of a Parish Priest is not more then 4.0 lacs and if you are not aware of these high value sales of properties then we may call it a scam done by Fr Allywn D’silva by selling these properties in Dubious, undervalued, and Pre-fabricated manner.
Hence you are the best person to let me know if you were aware of these transactions. And if you are not aware of these transactions then, I was wrong in quoting your name in the minutes of meeting held at Dadar.  And in fact, you must initiated criminal action against Fr.Allywn D’silva for intentionally causing financial loss to the parish.
 Hope I have cleared my stand and would continue to seek the justice against  those with malevolent ways for selling our parish properties.
Thanking you and  Regards
 Noel Corriea.
Encl : 3 Agreements , letter dated 14th sept,2011. copy of letter by Dinesh Chedda.
CC: Cardinal Oswald Gracais / Fr. Anslmn Gonsalves / Greg Pereira, Silent Voice /President Bhayander East India Gavki Mandal.
Regards
Noel Corriea
Parishioner,
Our lady of Nazareth Church, Bhayander;

1 Comment

  1. livewirebom said,

    November 17, 2011 at 1:40 am

    GREAT JOB DONE. SILENT VOICE IS THE VOICE OF THOSE THAT ARE SILENT,THEY WANT TO SPEAK BUT ARE AFRAID TO SPEAK OUT SO REST ASSURED SILENT VOICE IS YOUR ANSWER, APPROACH THE EDITOR, IF YOU HAVE AN ISSUE WITH YOUR PARISH, THE PRIEST OR YOUR PARISH PROPERTIES.YOU CAN COUNT ON SUPPORT AND POSSIBLY AN ANSWER TO YOUR PLEA. PRAYER AND PATIENCE WILL GIVE THE DESIRED RESULTS. ROME WASNT BUILT IN A DAY. THE HIERARCHY WILL CERTAINLY HEAR YOU ALL AND I AM CONFIDENT HIS EMINENCE CARDINAL OSWALD GRACIAS WILL INTERVENE GIVEN TIME TO ASSIMILATE THE FACTS.IN THE MEANTIME, DONT GIVE UP GATHER ALL INFORMATION AND BE READY.

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