The ministry of Defence has filed a cheating case against Church of South India for allegedly selling the land strip which was not owned by Defence Ministry of India. Church sold off defence’s land to Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Limited (BMRCL) in return for a payment of Rs 60 crores.
According to Times of India Report , Lt Col Gangadharan, Quartermaster at CMP Centre and School, has filed the complaint against Church of South India ( CSI ). Church of South India ( CSI ) is the parent body of all saints church.
According to complaint of Lt Col Gangadharan, The Bangalore Military Station records of year 1865 indicate that a total of 7,426 Sq Meters of land was given to CSI on lease. But it was discovered that on April 4, the church authorities, without informing the local military authority and despite having no rights to the land, parted with it and collected Rs 60 crore as compensation from Karnataka Industrial Areas Development Board (KIADB) and BMRCL.
The Police of Ashoknagar police station has also registered the complaint against CSI authorities for cheating and allegedly selling the land of Defence ministry. The Church authorities have said that they are not aware of the case and still continue to claim that they are the owners of the land.
The land which was sold off by Church is adjacent to the Military compund that houses a Military school and its training facilities. The Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Limited (BMRCL) has acquired this land for its next stage of the city’s Metro project.
This is not the first time that CSI has been caught in cheating case. Many churches in southern India who are controlled by CSI, have been found involving in illegal land deals and finincial irregularities.
The Church of South India (CSI) is the second largest Christian church in India based on the number of members. CSI is managed by a group of bishops called the Synod. Churches of CSI are found across the world.