Twelve people, including the Bishop of Coimbatore Diocese of the Church of South India (CSI), were booked for their alleged involvement in misappropriation of funds from the St Paul's Church in Tirupur.
The Central Crime Branch (CCB) of the Tirupur city police registered a case against them for swindling Rs15 crore.
complaint was lodged by parish member of St Paul's Church, A Dilip
kumar, 64, of Saibaba Nagar at Valayankadu in Tirupur.
approached the Tirupur city police commissioner to register a case
against Bishop Timothy Ravindran and 11 others last year. But the police
did not take any steps. He then moved the judicial magistrate court-I
in Tirupur. A few days ago, the court had directed the CCB to register
an FIR against the 12.
Dilip kumar, a member of CSI for the 60
years and permanent member of St Paul's Church for the last 30 years,
said in his complaint that church authorities didn't give receipt to the
members who donated lakhs of rupees to construct new community hall,
Sunday school and parsonage.
"The authorities had collected
crores of rupees in donations from various people. When they were
questioned, they replied that all accounts were submitted to the
Bishop," Dilip kumar said.
"Church funds to the tune of Rs15
crore were misused by the Bishop, secretary of the Coimbatore diocesan
office G Prince Calvin, treasurers Samuel David Mangal Doss, Wilson
Kumararea chairman of CSI St Church Mettupalayam, T Vijayan chairman of
St Paul's church Tirupur, secretary of the church John Chandraraj and a
few others," he told in the complaint.
Based on the court
direction, CCB inspector S Muthumalai has registered a case against the
12 people under Sections 120 B (criminal conspiracy), 406 (punishment
for criminal preach of trust), 408 (criminal preach of trust by clerk or
servant), 420 (cheating and dishonestly inducing delivery of property),
468 (forgery for purpose of cheating), 471 (using as genuine a forged
document or electronic record), 506 (i) (criminal intimidation) of the
Indian Penal Code.
The 12 were asked to appear before the CCB police for further investigation.