Former Bishop arrested for threatening priest

A former Bishop of a Church of South India diocese, facing charges of misappropriating funds, was arrested today for not appearing before a court which had summoned him for allegedly threatening a priest in Gudalur in Nilgiris district.

Manickam Durai, had been summoned by a Gudalur court following a complaint filed by Priest Raviraj alleging that the former bishop had threatened him, police said.

However, he failed to appear before the court after which the police arrested him from his residence this morning and produced him before the judge.

Police suspected enmity to be the reason behind Durai's action.

Durai is facing charges of misappropriating Rs three crore from the church funds and was asked to go on leave by the church authorities.

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