ED money laundering case against former Jabalpur bishop PC Singh & family, Legal News, ET LegalWorld – Legal Firms

BHOPAL: The Bhopal unit of Enforcement Directorate has registered a money laundering case against former Jabalpur bishop P C Singh – moderator of Church of North India (CNI) in India – and some of his family members. Chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan is monitoring developments in the case, sources say.

The federal agency has filed the case under Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) taking cognizance of an EOW FIR that names Singh and his son Piyush Paul. Searches by MP EOW at his home had unearthed nearly Rs 2 crore in Indian and foreign currency.

ED officers from Bhopal met EOW chief Ajay Sharma and took details of the case. “We have shared necessary details with the ED,” said an EOW officer. Other agencies are also investigating Singh’s alleged ‘deals’ with suspected Dawood associate Riyaz Bhati.

HC rejected Singh’s bail plea

Singh has been in custody since September 12 in connection with a case registered by EOW in Jabalpur under IPC and Prevention of Corruption Act.

Nilesh Lawrence, a Chhattisgarh-based activist whose complaint had led to the EOW searches on the bishop, alleges that Singh had leased out a prime property of CNI to Bhati in 2016.

The property in question is CNI’s gymkhana, a British-era building, which was leased for around Rs 3 crore. He had sent complaints to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s office and ED demanding a probe.

The MP high court has rejected Singh bail pleas after government advocates argued that he was an influential person and may influence witnesses. They said there are documents and statements of witnesses on record to show that his son has tried to threaten and influence witnesses to give clean chit to his father.

After hearing the submission, the court rejected the bail ordering that he can try for the same after submission of chargesheet.

Singh faces allegations that as moderator of CNI and bishop of the Jabalpur Diocese, he changed the name of Nagpur Diocesan Board of Education without the consent of the board and appointed himself chairman of the society. He is also accused of misusing his position as chairman of the society and diverting funds from educational institutions to religious institutions, Jabalpur Diocese and for his personal use.

During the EOW investigation, it was found that from 2004-05 to 2011-2012, he allegedly transferred more than Rs 2.7 crore to the Jabalpur Diocese from different schools run by the society, said the agency.

He is also accused of having taken a loan of Rs 15 lakh in 2009 from Christ Church Boys’ Senior Secondary School and used it to buy a private property. This loan was allegedly fraudulently shown as ‘secured loan’ to Jabalpur Diocese in the school accounts.

The FIR also alleges that he and another person named Luvy Mary Sathe bought a property meant for opening a branch of Christ Church School in Saliwada in their own names and the EMI for this loan was paid by the school.

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