Rev.Msgr.M. Chinnappa, Rector & Parish Priest, Gunadala Matha Shrine, Gunadala, Vijayawada – 520004. Ph: 0866-2450244, 2451934; Cell: 9849129069; For Prayers and Counselling Contact: Rev. Sister Josphine D. MSI, Ph: 0866 – 2540309; Cell: 09346502830.
Indian police investigate blackmail of priest
Equivalent of US$154,000 given to extortionists, say media reports
No arrests have been made but police are investigating the case following a complaint made by Father M. Chinnappa, rector of the Gunadala Matha Marian shrine, city police commissioner Gautam Sawang told ucanews.com March 14.
Father Chinnappa was not available for comment as he was hospitalized for high blood pressure and blood sugar levels. Father Prasad said the developments "have put severe pressure on the aged priest."
Father Prasad said Bishop Joji Govindu of Vijayawada has freed Father Chinnappa of his responsibilities at the shrine since "he now needs medical leave."