Police raided the home and office of the Church of North India’s Moderator and Bishop in Jabalpur today, seeking evidence of fraud, forgery and theft. The Rt. Rev. P.C. Singh is accused of diverting funds from diocesan schools to accounts owned by the diocese under his control.
Officers of the Madhya Pradesh Economic Offences Wing (EOW) were reported by local media to have found on 8 September 2022 a large quantity of unreported Indian and foreign currency in the raid. Approximately ₹16.5 million rupees ($207,000) and $18,000 US Dollars were seized along with smaller amounts of other currencies as well as jewelry.
The bishop is also alleged to have forged trust documents that gave him authority over the disposition of funds in a church housing society and the diocese’s schools. He is then alleged to have pocketed the proceeds.
Bishop Singh, who is reportedly in Germany, is accused in 84 criminal cases linked to fraud and forgery in several states including Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Punjab, Jharkhand and Rajasthan.
The case is on-going