The state government on Monday submitted before the Kerala High Court that the Home Department has ordered the initiation of a probe into the functioning of Gospel for Asia, a Christian missionary organisation founded by K P Yohannan.
The state government made the submission on a petition filed by A M Varghese seeking a directive from the Central and state governments into the initiation of a probe by the CBI or other such agencies regarding the diversion of foreign funds received by the organisation to uses other than the declared purpose, and the purchase of the Cheruvally Estate.
The petitioner submitted that an effective investigation was essential on the grounds of illegal possession of government land by Yohannan.
An inquiry should also be conducted to identify the sources of foreign funding and the purchase of large tracts of land under the cover of the trust.
The land possessed by Cheruvally estate belonged to the government, the petitioner submitted.