The former Bishop in Madras of the , the Rt. Rev. Vedanayagam Devasahayam has been arrested by police in Madras and charged with stealing funds donated to his diocese by the Episcopal Church of the USA to aid victims of the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami.
According to the indictment, Bishop Davasahayam told the residents of a coastal village that had been destroyed by a tidal wave following the 26 December 2004 earthquake located off the west coast of Sumatara the CSI had “adopted” the village and would rebuild their homes. A ceremony attended by local government officials was held on 5 Aug. 2005 and a foundation stone laid to mark the start of the project, but no work was ever undertaken. When villagers inquired as to the status of the project they were told the funds from America had never been received. A subsequent investigation by police found the money had been received and had allegedly been stolen by the bishop.