ED raids at the CSI Kerala diocese
ED raids at the CSI Kerala diocese

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Following charges of corruption at the Church-run medical college in Karakonam, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) raided the headquarters of the CSI South Kerala diocese on Monday.

Simultaneous raids were also carried out at the homes of Church secretary T.T. Praveen and Dr Bennet Abraham, medical director of the CSI Medical College in Karakonam.

Abraham rose to popularity after the Communist Party of India (CPI) put him against Shashi Tharoor in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections in Thiruvananthapuram. He did, however, finish in third place.

The raids were presumably in response to accusations of black money flowing into the Church as a result of admittance to the Church-run medical college in Karakonam.
Numerous complaints have been filed at the capital's two police stations. A court has put the bishop and others who lead the Church in a bind in a corruption case. 

Protests erupted at the historic MM CSI Church in the capital city in April when two factions of the building clashed over whether the church should be upgraded to the status of Cathedral, which the CSI South Kerala diocese approved.

The magnificent church built in 1906 in limestone is a delight to anyone who passes by it.

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