The Uttar Pradesh Police has formed a special team to investigate the allegations on St Mary's Orthodox Syrian Church Society in Kanpur. According to the complaint, the Church society has grabbed Rs. 10.42 crores. On the application of the complainant, the UP Government issued orders in this regard to the Crime Branch Criminal Investigation Department (CBCID) and accordingly, the department will record the statement of the plaintiff, Amar Ujala reported.
A contractor Mahendra Kumar Shrivastav filed a complaint against the society members on June 26, 2020. 13 office-bearers of St. Mary Orthodox Syrian Church Society and Mother Teresa School Society were made accused.
Shrivastav alleged that the society released a school construction tender. The society sold the newly constructed school to Mother Teresa School Committee fraudulently. All his material related to construction was lost, and payment was not given. Later, he filed a case. According to Mahendra, a total of Rs 10 crore 42 lakh 42 thousand 365 is outstanding.
So far, several scams by Church societies have been reported in the media. For example, Kerala based Syro-Malabar Church head Cardinal George Alencherry is facing trial in seven criminal cases, from land scams to money laundering. In addition, so far, thousands of Christian organizations’ licenses to receive foreign funds have been cancelled due to such frauds and lack of documentation.