Intelligence to probe Christian evangelists assets case

via Pioneer News Service | Kochi published on May 30, 2008

A special team of intelligence officials are in the State to probe into the wealth of the Christian evangelists operating in the State. The team would also probe whether any anti-national activities are being carried out by these self-styled god men.

The team is focusing its attention primarily on Bishop KP Yohannan and Br KC John who have amassed millions in the name of charity and other services.

Both the evangelists are based out of the State and the intelligence is checking on the operations in some countries, which are of interest to the international intelligence agencies.

KP Yohannan is primarily focused on his close contacts and operations in Myanmar and some parts of Sri Lanka. The intelligence is probing whether the Christian evangelist is sourcing money in the name of any anti-national activities carried out under the cover of his evangelism. The newly opened channel, Power vision, controlled by KC John and the amount of funding it has received in the short duration of time is also being probed seriously by the investigating team of agencies.

Sources told The Pioneer that the team has unearthed some valuable documents related to the deals of Yohannan and wants to cross verify this with its diplomatic channels in South Asian countries.

There are also reports that both the evangelists were involved in massive conversion operations across the country and that most of the funds received from foreign countries were used for this purpose. The Department of Revenue intelligence is also trying to ascertain whether there are any major violation of the money transfer act is conducted by the evangelists.

While KC John is a pastor with international links, he is also the president of the Indian Pentacostal Church, based in Kerala, which is a prestigious post in the pentacostal community. The probe is mainly centred around the activities of his Powervision channel and the funds sourced for it.

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