The Ketti police in Udhagamandalam have registered a case against S. Vasanthakumar, chairman of CSI Trust Association, Devakadatcham, member of the trust managing committee, M.M. Philip, secretary of the trust, Bennet, treasurer of the trust, Paul Vasanthakumar, in-charge Bishop of Coimbatore Diocese, Selvin Prabudoss, vice-president, Richard Durai, secretary, Manuel Packiaraj, treasurer, Jayabalan, principal of the college, Enos, administrative officer of Coimbatore Diocese, and G. Charles Chelladorai, financial administrator of the diocese, on charges of misappropriation of Rs. 10 lakh from an engineering college.
The case was registered based on a direction from the Madras High Court.In a complaint S. Arul Prabhu (37), a member of CSI Church at Kangeyam, said that an engineering college at Ketti has been established by CSI Coimbatore Diocese, which is governed by Church of South India Trust Association.
Bishop Dorai is the chairman of the college. When he was on leave, Bishop Paul Vasanthakumar of Tiruchirapalli – Thanjavur Diocese was holding additional charge of CSI Coimbatore Diocese and was also holding the additional charge of the college.
Mr. Prabhu alleged that members of the executive committee had withdrawn Rs.10 lakh from the college stating the money was paid for the World Classical Tamil Conference held in Coimbatore. But inquiry revealed that the funds were not used for the above said purpose. Mr. Prabhu said that when this was brought to the notice of CSI Moderator and CSI Trust Association chairman S. Vasanthakumar, no action was taken.
Mr. Prabhu said that the executive committee of CSI Coimbatore Diocese, in its meeting held on January 23, 2010 had passed a resolution that any expenses above Rs. 1 lakh should be incurred with the prior approval of the Diocesan Executive Committee.
Following no police action taken against the 11 persons, Mr. Prabhu moved the Madras High Court.
The court directed the Ketti police to conduct a probe and register a case, if a cognizable offence was made out in the inquiry.