Monday 1 April 2019 1:15 AM UTC
NEW DELHI April 1: Father Antony Madassery, a close aide of rape-accused Bishop Franco Mulakkal, was arrested in Jalandhar by the Enforcement Directorate for possessing unaccounted money. Five others including a woman, Shivangi Lingayat, were taken into custody and later released on bail.
Rs 10 crore (9, 66, 61, 700) in cash was reportedly seized from Fr Antony’s residence at Partappura near Jalandhar. The priest could not account for the money to the investigators and hence the money was seized and action initiated.
Earlier, it was alleged that Antony Madassery had directly intervened to hush up the rape allegations against the bishop last year.
Punjab Police accompanied the ED officials during the raid.
The Jalandhar diocese is under further pressure as the unaccounted money case will be an added burden to the nun rape case.
Fr. Antony Madassery is a vicar at a church in Partappura. Rajpal Singh, Raveendar Lingayat, Asok Kumar and Harpal Singh are the other accused.
Meanwhile, the Jalandhar diocese explained that the money was for salary distribution.
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