Kudankulam: Bishop’s NGOs received Rs. 54 crore – The Hindu

V. NarayansamyRecent searches conducted by officials of Union Home Ministry on the premises of the Tuticorin Roman Catholic Bishop’s official premises in the backdrop of the ongoing anti-Kudankulam Nuclear Power Project protests have yielded information about the influx of foreign funds to the tune of Rs. 54 crore to two non-governmental organisations, Union Minister V. Narayanasamy has said.

“These two NGOs are being administered by Roman Catholic Bishop of Tuticorin Diocese Rt. Rev. Yvon Ambroise,” the Union Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office told reporters after a public meeting organised here on Saturday evening, demanding immediate commissioning of the nuclear power project.

He said that while the Bishop’s two NGOs had received Rs. 54 crore, another NGO being run by anti-KKNPP struggle committee convener S.P. Udayakumar received foreign funds to the tune of Rs. 1.50 crore.

“If proper accounts are not maintained by the NGOs for the expenditure of this huge sum, the Union Home Ministry will initiate stringent action against the erring NGOs,” Mr. Narayanasamy said.

Dr. S.P. UdayakumarRejects charge

Rejecting Mr. Narayanasamy’s allegation against him, Dr. Udayakumar said he was contemplating suing the Minister after obtaining formal sanction. He said he had, through the media, urged the Union Minister on several occasions ever since the charges were first levelled, to reveal the finer information, such as the name of the country and the agency from which his NGO had received funds and on which date the amount was transmitted. But the Union Minister was yet to provide any such information.

Tuticorin Bishop Yvon Ambrose“I’m 52 now. All these years, I’m leading a decent life with the highest degree of integrity. Even to meet my personal expenses, I’ve pledged my wife’s jewellery in a bank for about Rs. 6 lakh and have never handled such a huge sum of money (Rs. 1.50 crore) in my life as is being alleged by the Union Minister repeatedly. If Mr. Narayanasamy’s charges against me are proved, I’m even prepared for capital punishment,” Dr. Udayakumar told The Hindu.

Bishop of Tuticorin Roman Catholic Diocese Rt. Rev. Yvon Ambroise was not immediately available for his comments. – The Hindu, Tirunelveli, Feb. 6, 2012