Income tax raids held on premises of 2 Jalandhar pastors : The Tribune India

Join Whatsapp Channel

Income tax raids held on premises of 2 Jalandhar pastors

Baljinder Singh and Harpreet Deol Both are Pentecostal pastors and were engaged in miracle healing, involving a huge number of followers mostly from Dalit community and poor sections of society



Tribune News Service

Deepkamal Kaur

Jalandhar, January 31

The Income Tax teams on Tuesday conducted raids on the various churches and premises of two pastors from the Doaba region —  Harpreet Deol from Khojewal village of Kapurthala and Bajinder Singh from Tajpur village in Jalandhar.

The I-T raids the premises of pastor Harpreet Deol.

The raids started around 6 am on all the premises belonging to the two pastors. While Deol runs a huge church — The Open Door Church — in Kapurthala, Bajinder Singh has set up many offshore centres too and several across the whole of Punjab, including those at New Chandigarh and Amritsar, in the name of ‘The Church of Glory’ and ‘Wisdom’.

Both of them are Pentecostal pastors and were engaged in miracle healing, involving a huge number of followers mostly from Dalit community and poor sections of society.

Both of them had been using social media on a massive scale to broadcast their prayers and increase their reach within India and abroad.

The I-T sleuths who have been conducting the raids have come here from Bathinda, Amritsar, Jammu and Haryana. The teams reportedly had some clues about huge foreign fundings, violations in the transfer of the funds and evasion of taxes. As the raids were being carried out, paramilitary forces remained on guard and sealed the buildings from all sides.

Pastor Bajinder has courted several controversies even in the past. A Haryanvi Jat, he had got converted to Christianity about a decade back after which he became a self-styled preacher too.

He had got embroiled in a rape case at Zirakpur in July 2018 and had been arrested from IGI Airport while he was about to fly to London.

Another controversy had broken out in September last year as a family from Delhi had alleged that Pastor Bajinder had taken money from them for treating their daughter suffering from cancer through prayers but failed as she passed away.

About The Author

The Tribune News Service brings you the latest news, analysis and insights from the region, India and around the world. Follow the Tribune News Service for a wide-ranging coverage of events as they unfold, with perspective and clarity.


Top News

Delhi reports 1st heat-related death, man’s fever shot up to 107 degrees Celsius

Delhi reports 1st heat-related death, man’s fever shot up to 107 degrees Celsius

A doctor who attended to him said he was living in a room wi...

Is Delhi really burning in 52.9 degrees? Weather chief says ‘looks abnormal, possible error in sensors’

Is Delhi really burning at 52.9 degrees Celsius? Weather chief says ‘abnormal, looking at errors'

Heat wave intensifies in north, central India; 52.9 deg C in...

Setback for Kejri, SC refuses to list plea for bail extension

Setback for Arvind Kejriwal, Supreme Court refuses to list plea for bail extension

Delhi CM had sought more time for medical tests

New York boosts T20 Cricket World cup security after threats to India-Pakistan match

New York boosts T20 Cricket World cup security after threats to India-Pakistan match

The India-Pakistan June 9 contest will take place in at the ...


Cities

View All