Pastors Fast against CSI Church Scam Tainted Bishop Manickam Dorai
February 24, 2011 2 Comments
As many as 82 presbyters from Coimbatore, Nilgiris, Salem and Erode districts took part in a sit-in protest inside the CSI diocese office at Race Course in Coimbatore on Tuesday to demand the removal of Bishop D. Manickam Dorai.
Led by former CSI diocese secretary S. Jayaseelan and former treasurer J.D.C.
Sekar, the presbyters asked the synod moderator to take action and to recover money, material and documents allegedly appropriated by Mr Dorai and his family and others from the diocese office.
They warned the synod moderator that if no action is taken within a week, they would be forced to continue their sit-in protest indefinitely. They also insisted that the moderator have Mr Dorai vacated from the Bishop’s House inside the diocese. The CSI diocese was recently in the limelight after CB-CID sleuths registered a case against Mr Dorai and 30 others in connection with a complaint on misappropriation of diocese funds to the tune of `3 crore.
As a result of the protest, the synod moderator formed a fact finding team with a retired high court judge, a retired DGP and an auditor to probe the allegations against the bishop. Meanwhile, the synod moderator has asked the bishop to go on a sabbatical.