Tamil Nadu (TN) Police registered a case against the bishop, advisor, treasurer and former secretary of the Church of South India (CSI) for allegedly misappropriating PF funds to the tune of more than Rs 25 crore of the church workers.
They are identified as Bishop RP Rev Timothy Ravinder, former secretary Charles, advisor Mangaldas and treasurer Selvakumar of the Church of South India. The Police took action after a complaint filed by Gershome Jecop, 62, leader and pastor (in charge), CSI Church in Vellalore, Times of India reported.
“In his complaint, the pastor said that the church management has been deducting a sum from the employees’ salary for the past 15 years and several people are employed at 125 churches in the Coimbatore zone of CSI. In 2019, he had written twice to the church management seeking details about the PF fund. As he had not received any response, he had visited the PF office only to know that the church management had started depositing employees’ PF amount to the Government only from August 2019,” a police officer said.
Based on his complaint, police booked an FIR under sections 420, 120 B and 408 of the Indian Penal code and further investigation is on.