Oommen Chandy seeks Sushma Swaraj's help to bring Kerala priest Martin Xavier’s body from Scotland

Thiruvananthapuram: Former chief minister Oommen Chandy on Friday urged External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj to urgently intervene to bring the body of Father Martin Xavier, who was found dead on 20 June in Scotland, to Kerala as early as possible.

In a letter to Swaraj, the senior congress leader said post-mortem and other formalities had been completed a week ago and the reason for not releasing the mortal remains was not clear.

File image of Oommen Chandy. AFP

File image of Oommen Chandy. AFP

Despite having the body for 23 days, the reason for not completing examination of the body examination was not clear, Chandy said in a release.

Urgent steps should be taken to get the body released to the next of kin, he added.

Father Martin of the Carmelites of Mary Immaculate (CMI), belonging to Pulinkunnu in Alappuzha, was found dead at Edinburgh in Scotland where he was doing PhD and working at a church.

His body was found on a beach two days after he was reported missing.


Published Date: Jul 14, 2017 02:39 pm | Updated Date: Jul 14, 2017 02:39 pm