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Indian bishop arrested/deposed: The Church of England Newspaper, January 10, 2014 January 16, 2014

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The Church of North India has deposed the Bishop in Lucknow. Police also arrested Bishop Morris Edgar Dan on 15 December 2013 after the Allahabad High Court revoked the bishop’s bail on charges of forgery and fraud.

CNI general secretary Alwan Masih told The Church of England Newspaper Bishop Dan had “duly terminated by the  executive committee  of  the CNI synod  as of 25 November 2013” following an investigation into charges the bishop had sold church lands at below market prices to a syndicate which then resold the property, giving the bishop a kick back of the profits.

Shabnam Dan, the daughter of Bishop Dan, told CEN her father had been “framed”.  She accused an influential businessman with orchestrating a campaign to ruin her father after he refused to cooperate in a plan to defraud the diocese. The criminal case continues.

Arrest warrant for Indian bishop stayed: The Church of England Newspaper, June 16, 2013 p 6. June 19, 2013

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An Indian court has stayed two arrest warrants issued against the Bishop in Lucknow, the Rt. Rev. Morris Edgar Dan, after the bishop’s lawyers filed an emergency petition with the Allahabad High Court.

Justices Arun Tandon and M K Gupta stayed execution of the warrants last week after two criminal complaints were filed against the bishop. On 22 April Paul Geniya lodged an FIR – the initial complaint in Indian criminal court proceedings the bishop accusing the bishop of threatening his life and for having held him in captivity.

The second complaint filed by Subodh Kumar Srivastava of Agra alleged the bishop had forged documents in order to allow him to the property of Luckow Diocese Trust Association. Last month the bishop was granted bail in two other criminal proceedings were he had been charged with theft of diocesan assets.

The bishop’s legal battles reached public notice in July 2011 after he held a press conference accusing Mr. C V Innes, the former principal of the diocesan owned Boys’ High School in Allahabad, of conspiring to kill him.

Bishop Dan told reporters that “with the help of former Bishop AR Stephen, Innes had got the by-laws of society changed and announced that the Bishop of Lucknow will not be the chairman of the Allahabad High School Society.”

The bishop demanded the government protect him from Mr. Innes and Bishop Stephen’s supporters. School leaders had sought to remove Bishop Dan after accusations of theft of school assets were leveled against the bishop. The cases and the bishop’s counter claims are currently pending in the courts.

Bail granted to bishop in Indian fraud case: The Church of England Newspaper, June 2, 2013, p 6. June 6, 2013

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The Church of North India’s Bishop in Lucknow has been granted bail in connection with a criminal complaint for fraud.

On 24 May 2013 the Allahabad High Court granted the petition of the Rt. Rev. Morris Edgar Dan releasing him from the threat of imprisonment pending the outcome of two proceedings underway in Jhansi and Allahabad.

Two First Information Reports (FIRs) have been lodged with the police alleging criminal misconduct by the bishop and his associates. Under Indian law a FIR is the formal complaint filed by the victim with the police. A FIR sets the process of criminal justice in motion for only after the FIR is registered in a police station do the authorities take up the case.

The bishop is accused of selling land belonging to Christian Inter College in Jhansi city that had an appraised value of Rs 20o million for Rs 12.5 million. A bribe of Rs 60 million is alleged to have been paid to the bishop to facilitate the transaction.

The bishop has denied any wrongdoing and the case continues.