ED attaches ₹59.52-crore assets of Church of South India Trust Association

ED attaches ₹59.52-crore assets of Church of South India Trust Association

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has attached assets worth ₹59.52 crore of the Church of South India Trust Association (CSITA) in connection with a money laundering case.

The movable assets are in the form of fixed deposits maintained with the State Bank of India’s Sudhamanagar branch in Bengaluru.

The action has been taken on the basis of an FIR registered at the Ashoknagar police station in Bengaluru against the CSITA, following a complaint lodged by the Defence Ministry.

It was alleged that CSITA dishonestly entered into an arrangement with the Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Limited (BMRCL), a Karnataka government undertaking, for transfer of the title of a defence land measuring about 7,427 square metres.

Land leased to church

The land in question was earlier leased to the All Saints’ Church. A part of the precinct, where the All Saints Church is located, was transferred to the BMRCL against a compensation of ₹59.29 crore in 2019. The BMRCL acquired the land through the Karnataka Industrial Areas Development Board.

An ED probe revealed that the title of the land belonged to the Defence Ministry and it was only leased out to the All Saints’ Church for conducting religious affairs. No proprietary right of the land had been transferred.

“The CSITA illegally transferred the land belonging to the Defence authorities to the BMRCL. The compensation for the land was required to be transferred to the consolidated fund of India, as the rightful owner of the land was the Defence Ministry,” said an official.

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Sagar Biswas

Sagar Biswas

One thought on “ED attaches ₹59.52-crore assets of Church of South India Trust Association

  1. ‘The Indian Church Trustees (ICT) was the holder and the agent of the properties that belonged to the Anglican Church of India, Burma and Ceylon (CIBC) one of the constituent churches of the CSI. When the Indian Church Act 1927 was promulgated, which declared the Anglican churches in India, Burma and Ceylon, an autonomous church severed from its formal association with the Church of England, and the properties of the Anglican Church in India, Burma and Ceylon were brought under the Indian Church Act 1927 and were later incorporated in a charter granted by the British King on 11 June 1929 to the General Council of the CIBC. The canons and rules of the ICT were very much in line with the Charter of 1929. (The Constitution, Canons and Rules of the Church of India, Burma, and Ceylon, pp. 158-59.)”The Land belonged to the Church of India, Burma and Ceylon (CIBC) as it was handed over to the newly incorporated body the Church of South India Trust Association on 26 Sept 1947. Read section 3 of the Articles of Association of the CSITA, a document approved/authenticated by the Indian Government. The Indian Defence Force has nothing to do with the Church Properties. It is a wrong claim that the India Defence Force is the rightful owner of the property and that it had leased out the land to the All Saints’ Church.’

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