Former Church of South India moderator arrested, jailed

By Matters India Reporter

Vijayawada, Dec. 13, 2018: A former moderator of the Church of South India (CSI) has been reportedly arrested and jailed on December 11 by the Crime Investigation Department on alleged charges of corruption and illegal sale of Church properties.

Bishop Govada Dyvashirvadam is the former bishop of the Protestant Church’s Godavari-Krishna diocese.

The CID questioned the 68-year-old prelate several times about illegal selling of CSI lands in Eluru in Andhra Pradesh and for keeping the sale proceeds for himself.

The bishop was produced before the court which then reportedly sent him to judicial custody for 15 days.

The CID said it would conduct further inquiry.

Bishop Dyvashirvadam was first arrested by the CID in January 2018 for interrogation. He was accused of misappropriating Church funds for more than a decade.

A large number of CSI members have been fighting against him for the last few years for his alleged corrupt practices.

The prelate has denied all the allegations and claimed some CSI members never liked him holding importance position in the Church.

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