Chiang Mai temple abbot investigated for 200 million baht mismanagement and illegal shrine building

A high-profile Chiang Mai temple abbot is under investigation after allegations of mismanagement of 200 million baht (US$ 5,762,028) worth of donations and unauthorised building of a shrine, following a recent incident by which he caused harm to multiple vehicles. The Chiang Mai Ecclesiastical Office is now examining the financial and land issues associated to Phra Phutthabat Si Roi temple, a temple frequented by celebrities.
Phra Khru Phutthabotjetiyarak, or Khru Bah Phornchai Piyawanno, fifty six years old, abbot of Phra Phutthabat Si Roi temple in Mae Rim district, Chiang Mai, was involved in a automotive accident on May 29, inflicting injury to 4 automobiles and two motorcycles. He compensated the vehicle homeowners, overlaying thousands of baht for repairs and new motorcycles. Following this incident, Boonyarit Nipawanich, head of the Regional 5 Administrative Registration Centre and president of the Thai District Officers Alliance, lodged a criticism with the Chiang Mai Ecclesiastical Office about the abbot’s behaviour, reported Khaosod.
Complete met with Chiang Mai provincial and Ecclesiastical authorities to request their resignation from his position however was asked to attend because of the ongoing investigations. The Chiang Mai Ecclesiastical Office is wanting into the abbot’s handling of the 200 million baht donation that was not deposited into the temple’s account, and his alleged use of the funds for personal functions.
In addition to the financial issues, the investigation will also cover the unauthorised construction of a shrine on the temple, in addition to the temple’s intrusion into protected forest areas. Wallop Namwongphrom, Chiang Mai Cultural Council member, disclosed that earlier than any determination could probably be made on Khru Bah Phornchai’s resignation request, these issues must be resolved. The ecclesiastical authorities are scheduled to research the temple’s assets at present..

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