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Indian bishop jailed for forgery: The Church of England Newspaper, March 31 2013, p 7. April 3, 2013

Posted by geoconger in Church of England Newspaper, Church of South India, Corruption, Crime.
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Manickam Dorai

A retired Bishop of the Church of South India (CSI) has been sentenced to three years imprisonment and fined Rs 15,000 for forgery and fraud.  The conviction of the Rt. Rev Devaraj Bangera, the former Bishop in the Karnataka Southern Diocese last week follows news that the Indian tax authorities have seized the assets of the former Bishop in Coimbatore, Manickam Dorai– who last year was defrocked by the CSI for fraud and theft.

On 20 March 2013 a judge in Mangalore sentenced Bishop Bangera after the trial court found he had forged his birth certificate in order to avoid mandatory retirement at age 65. Elected Bishop in 2005 the bishop declined to step down from office on his 65th birthday on 29 June 2009.  He presented a birth certificate showing he had been born in 1945 and brought suit to block his retirement.

However the newly appointed treasurer of the diocese, while investigating allegations of theft made against Bishop Bangera, uncovered a birth certificate dated 1944. An inquiry with the municipality that had allegedly issued in 1945 birth certificate found it was a forgery and bishop’s true birth year was 1944.  Bishop Bangera currently is on bail pending appeal.

Last month the Enforcement Directorate (ED) of the Indian tax authority attached properties registered in the name of the life and brother of the former Bishop in Coimbatore Manickam Dorai under the rules governing the Prevention of Money Laundering Act.  The levies came after the Tamil Nadu state police registered a case against Bishop Dorai and his brother for “misappropriation of Diocese funds, a public charitable trust, to the tune of Rs 7.93 crore” (£865,000).

In 2012 Bishop Dorai was defrocked by the CSI after he was found guilty of fraud and theft of church funds.

Comments

1. Nelson Adewole - April 3, 2013

This is just bad.

2. Shekar - April 4, 2013

It is unfortunate but that the guilty are being brought to book should serve as a lesson or morale for others who are trying to tread on a similar path.what we need to do is to pray for these our fellow Christians and seek our god to forgive them

3. Dr. John Wattachanackal - April 5, 2013

It is not enough just to pray; we have to act proactively in this day and age, because dishonesty, selfishness, and misuse of the Church and God for selfish purposes are becoming rampant in this 21st century.

The culprit/s, or the issue/s on hand are only the tip of the ice-berg.
So we have to be vigilant, and then pray!


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