Tamil Nadu Police has arrested Bishop of Advent Christian Church named S.D. David in connection with an Rs 50 crore land scam. The land is located in Velachery town in Chennai district and it belonged to the Church.
According to the report
, the land in Velachery that belongs to the Church was put up for sale. A Trichy based Philanthropist Sathyamoorthy approached Bishop David to buy the land. Being a prime property in Velachery, the plot is said to be valued around ₹ 50 crores. David received ₹ 3.85 crores in advance for the plot to be sold to Sathyamoorthy. However, Bishop David neither deposited the money into the account of the Church nor registered the land in Sathyamoorthy's name. After some days Sathyamoorthy had filed a complaint with the Trichy Police Commissioner. Last month (August 2020) Trichy Police filed FIR and brought Bishop David to Trichy for investigation. On confirming the allegations to be true, after the due process, Bishop David was arrested from his Velachery residence.
The organization has numerous schools and churches throughout Tamil Nadu. David is the Bishop of Chennai District of the Council. Under his control, 107 churches and 50 schools are functioning. Apart from these, David has also been a trustee of Advent Schools in Tirupur.
The Facebook page of Church claims that it has around 75 churches in Chennai and has nearly 25,000 followers. As per the 2011 census, there were 44 lakh Christians in Tamil Nadu, which is roughly six per cent of the State's population. Tamil Christians constitute around 15 per cent of the total Christian population in the country.