Madhya Pradesh Government investigates conversion angle – The New Indian Express

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BHOPAL: A day after the Economic Offenses Wing (EOW) recovered Rs 1.65 crore and $18,000 in cash from the premises of PC Singh, bishop of the Church of North India diocese of Jabalpur, the Madhya Pradesh government ruled on Friday a three-pronged investigation into activities of the affected church and associated foundation, led by Singh.

MP Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan said: “Massive financial irregularities in multiple aspects have come to the fore following the EOW action. Major fraud and irregularities in the lease extensions by the trust companies, non-payment of relevant taxes valued at around Rs 7 crore have come to light.

The EOW search has also resulted in the seizure of a vast amount of cash, including foreign currency, documents from 17 properties, 48 ​​bank accounts and eight four-wheelers.

We have decided on a three-pronged investigation into the entire matter.” Chouhan added that the documents seized during the search point to the possibility that the funds are being used for illegal activities, including illegal religious conversion. “The EOW will conduct a detailed investigation into this serious issue, while the Jabalpur District Government will also conduct its own investigation,” he said.

“Complaints about land leased by the government to the Trust and related entities for religious, educational and medical purposes that is actually being used for commercial purposes are also being investigated,” Chauhan said.

BHOPAL: A day after the Economic Offenses Wing (EOW) recovered Rs 1.65 crore and $18,000 in cash from the premises of PC Singh, bishop of the Church of North India diocese of Jabalpur, the Madhya Pradesh government ruled on Friday a three-pronged investigation into the activities of the church in question and its associated foundation, led by Singh. MP Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan said: “Massive financial irregularities in multiple aspects have come to the fore following the EOW action. Major fraud and irregularities in the lease extensions by the trust companies, non-payment of relevant taxes valued at around Rs 7 crore have come to light. The EOW search has also resulted in the seizure of a vast amount of cash, including foreign currency, documents from 17 properties, 48 ​​bank accounts and eight four-wheelers. We have decided on a three-pronged investigation into the entire matter.” Chouhan added that the documents seized during the search point to the possibility that the funds are being used for illegal activities, including illegal religious conversion. “The EOW will conduct a detailed investigation into this serious issue, while the Jabalpur District Government will also conduct its own investigation,” he said. “Complaints about land leased by the government to the Trust and related entities for religious, educational and medical purposes that is actually being used for commercial purposes are also being investigated,” Chauhan said.

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