Bishop Dorai arrested: The Church of England Newspaper, May 14, 2010 p 7. May 21, 2010Posted by geoconger in Church of England Newspaper, Church of South India, Corruption.
First published in The Church of England Newspaper.
The Indian bishop who was suspended last month pending the outcome of a criminal investigation into his stewardship of diocesan finances, has been arrested on a charge of menacing a priest.
On May 8, a bench warrant was issued for the arrest of the Rt Rev Manickam Dorai, Bishop of Coimbatore. The bishop had been ordered to appear in court to respond to charges that he had threatened the Rev S Raviraj of Gudalur in the Nilgiris district of Tamil Nadu. Mr Raviraj filed a complaint with the police, claiming the bishop threatened to harm him.
It is not known whether the altercation between the bishop and his priest is related to the investigation into the allegation of misappropriation funds.
The bishop was granted bail on May 10 by the court and ordered to appear on June 16. However, after he was released from prison Bishop Dorai was admitted to hospital complaining of chest pains, and is currently under medical care.
Last month the Executive Committee of the Church of South India (CSI) placed Bishop Dorai on a two-month leave of absence, pending an investigation by church auditors of the Diocese’s accounts. Bishop Dorai, two of his brothers and the former diocesan secretary along with 27 others were accused of stealing over £335,000 from diocesan coffers. Sources in the CSI tell The Church of England Newspaper the investigation is on-going.