Bishop arrested for stealing tsunami funds

A 45-year old self-styled bishop of the Molin Vision Church in Mahabalipuram, 60 km from the city, has been arrested for allegedly cheating contractors to the tune of Rs 7 crore, which he collected from them as deposit money for a project to construct houses for tsunami victims.
The project never took off. Instead of building shelters for tsunami victims, Bishop Anandaraj bought land in the name of his wife and daughters, the police said. Three contractors, who had given the bishop Rs 2 crore, approached the police two weeks ago when he bolted with his family after shutting down the church.
The contractors identified as Joshua from Andhra Pradesh, Sivakumar from Tirunelveli and Ganeshan from Dindigul gave the deposit money to the bishop after an advertisement appeared on behalf of his church talking about a plan to build 9,500 houses for tsunami victims in some coastal districts of Tamil Nadu.

3 Comments so far

  1. sowmya (unregistered) on August 8th, 2006 @ 4:05 am

    We don’t want to read MSM news on Chennai metblogs. We read newspapers for that.

  2. suppamani (unregistered) on August 8th, 2006 @ 8:38 am

    As already stated the Blog is now a days changing as a Eveninger of popular dailies.

  3. Nandhu (unregistered) on August 8th, 2006 @ 6:03 pm

    we are trying to post only chennai related news here. and we are trying to include opinion. some people like it, sowmya. we hope it wont hamper ur experience of visiting the site.

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