EOW raids church bishop’s home and office in Jabalpur for fraud complaints – The New Indian Express

Through PTI

JABALPUR: Madhya Pradesh’s economic crimes wing on Thursday conducted searches at the office and residence of the bishop of the Jabalpur Diocese of the Church of North India, against whom a fraud case has been registered, an EOW official said.

The EOW registered a fraud case against Bishop PC Singh last month after a complaint alleged he had indulged in financial misconduct in running an educational society of which he chairs, said Devendra Singh Rajput, the Superintendent of Police of the Rajput EOW, versus PTI.

The search for documents related to the alleged misappropriation of funds is ongoing, he said.

Singh is currently in Germany.

His wife and son are here at his home, the official said.

“Searches are being carried out at the residence and office of the Chairman of the Board of Education Church of North India (Jabalpur Diocese), Bishop PC Singh, over alleged falsification of documents to change the original name of the Education Society and those collected by various educational institutions unlawfully diverting tuition to meet his personal needs,” the official said.

Police Deputy Superintendent Manjeet Singh had reviewed the complaint and a preliminary investigation found that Rs 2.70 crore collected as student fees by the various institutions of the Society between 2004-05 and 2011-12 were allegedly paid to religious institutions transferred, misused and spent by the bishop for personal needs, Rajput said.

Following the preliminary investigation, Bishop Singh and former Deputy Registrar of Firms and Societies BS Solanki were prosecuted under Sections 420 (Fraud), 406 (Criminal Breach of Trust), 468 (Forgery for the Purpose of Fraud), 471 of the Indian Criminal Code registered (using a forged document or electronic record) and 120 B (punishment for criminal conspiracy), the EOW official said.

JABALPUR: Madhya Pradesh’s economic crimes wing on Thursday conducted searches at the office and residence of the bishop of the Jabalpur Diocese of the Church of North India, against whom a fraud case has been registered, an EOW official said. The EOW registered a fraud case against Bishop PC Singh last month after a complaint alleged he had indulged in financial misconduct in running an educational society of which he chairs, said Devendra Singh Rajput, the Superintendent of Police of the Rajput EOW, versus PTI. The search for documents related to the alleged misappropriation of funds is ongoing, he said. Singh is currently in Germany. His wife and son are here at his home, the official said. “Searches are being carried out at the residence and office of the Chairman of the Board of Education Church of North India (Jabalpur Diocese), Bishop PC Singh, over alleged falsification of documents to change the original name of the Education Society and those collected by various educational institutions Police Deputy Superintendent Manjeet Singh had examined the complaint and a preliminary investigation found that Rs 2.70 crore, which was used as student fees by the various institutions of the society between 2004 -05 and 2011-12 were allegedly transferred to religious institutions, abused and spent by the bishop for personal needs, Rajput said.According to the preliminary investigation, Bishop Singh and former Deputy Registrar of Firms and Societies BS Solanki a proceeding registered under Sections 420 (Fraud), 406 (Criminal Breach of Trust), 468 (Forgery for the Purpose of Fraud), 471 of the Indian Penal Code (Using a Forged Document or Electronic Record) and 120B (Punishment for Criminal Conspiracy) , said the EOW official.

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