OCTOBER 1, 2017
Divine Retreat Centre, Muringoor
SCANDALS AND COURT CASES – 02
FAKE PREACHER-DOCTOR PAUL GANESH IYER
THE REASONS FOR OUR CONTINUING THIS SERIES** ON DIVINE RETREAT CENTRE
**The existing eight critiques (now updated) on the Divine Retreat Centre at our web site are:
DIVINE RETREAT CENTRE ERRORS-01 –
ENNEAGRAM NEW AGE PRACTITIONER MINISTERS
DIVINE RETREAT CENTRE ERRORS-02
MAUREEN SWEENEY-HOLY LOVE MINISTRIES PROMOTED
DIVINE RETREAT CENTRE ERRORS-03
– FALSE MYSTIC VASSULA RYDEN INVITED
DIVINE RETREAT CENTRE ERRORS-04
– USE OF THE HINDU BINDI OR TILAK MARK ON FOREHEAD
DIVINE RETREAT CENTRE ERRORS-05
– HINDU YOGA PROMOTED
DIVINE RETREAT CENTRE ERRORS-05-B – REBUTTAL OF FR AUGUSTINE VALLOORAN ON YOGA
DIVINE RETREAT CENTRE ERRORS-07 – “CRUSADERS OF JESUS WITH MARY” MINISTRY PROMOTED
DIVINE RETREAT CENTRE ERRORS-08 –
CONDEMNATION OF DRINKING ALCOHOL AND SMOKING
To obtain a better understanding of the present file, please read
DIVINE RETREAT CENTRE SCANDALS AND COURT CASES-01 (INTRODUCTION)
30 SEPTEMBER 2017
On page 3, I had dropped the name of one Paul Ganesh Iyer. He would give his “testimony” to the thousands of gathered retreatants every week.
I cannot recall which year I heard him for the first time. It might have been 1997 or 1998. Each time I entered the foyer of the building that we were accommodated in, I noticed this short, bald man staring at me from behind his desk in the doctor’s office to the left.
His “testimony” was fluent and gripping. His wife Prema came on stage, dressed very traditionally the Tamil Brahmin way. He said they were Brahmins from one of the agraharams that surround the Kapaleeshwarar temple of Shiva in Mylapore, which is very near where I live. He was in the process of bringing 96 Brahmin families to the Catholic Church. He spun a long story of having miraculously experienced the intervention of Our Lady in his life which led him to believe in Catholicism. He then identified me in the audience as a person who knew him! I was quite surprised, taken aback, and was urged by him to stand up to loud applause from the retreatants. During the break I went to meet him in the doctor’s room and get an explanation from him. He said that he used to walk past my house every evening with our (now late) parish priest Fr. I. Solomon Raj SJ, and had seen the priest and I exchange greetings. I later learned that Fr. Solomon Raj had swallowed Ganesh Iyer’s spiel hook, line and sinker, and had introduced him to Fr. Augustine Vallooran and to Divine Retreat Centre where he presently resided.
I will continue my narrative after reproducing here a type-written letter dated May 31, 1999.
Copy of the letter sent to fake doctor Ganesh Iyer is sent to you for your information
121 Pidariar Koil Street
Chennai – 600 001
May 31, 1999
Dear Mr. Ganesh Iyer,
I have listened to your testimony on number of times since I frequently attend Retreat at Divine Retreat Centre.
I have attended Retreat in 3 languages (English, Tamil and Malayalam). I also listened to your testimony at Chennai. I found lot of contradiction in your testimony on each time. I therefore started tape recording it.
You may cheat people for some time, many people for long time, but not all the people for all the time. Ultimately truth will come out. Now truth has come out and you cannot fool people at Divine Retreat Centre any longer.
Many people particularly those from Chennai who listened your testimony entertained serious doubts about genuineness of your testimony. Some of them mentioned to me also which only prompted me to record your testimony. I can play the tape and prove it to you that your statements were not consistent. It was different on each time. The man who speaks the truth will always say the one and the same thing all the time whereas the man who speaks lies will immediately forget what he spoke. He will keep on changing according to circumstances. You belonged to the second category.
You first started on a small scale lies but started improving on it very fast. Now you talk with style and accent. Your wife also orchestrating your lies. As time passed you and your wife became more greedy and started telling in the testimony how your wife’s prayer resulted in restoration of eye sight to a blind lady and how a man who had boils in the stomach, totally given up by Doctors got complete healing. You have fabricated all these to make people believe that you and your wife have the gift of healing and make people run to you for healing prayers and you had utilised this opportunity to extract money saying that due to the curses in the family and of fore fathers certain deeds they are suffering from sickness and other problems and for removal of the curses you and your wife have demanded money from these people. You have also given medicines for sickness collecting thousands of rupees.
I have analysed your testimony completely and verified about its genuineness by contacting the following people. I find there is no iota of truth in your testimony. Your entire testimony is nothing but a bogus one and it was very cleverly created and fabricated by you with an ulterior motive.
I have addressed the cover as Dr. Ganesh Iyer deliberately knowing fully well that you are not a qualified doctor but a fake doctor but to make sure that this letter reaches your hand since you are believed, known and addressed as Dr. Ganesh Iyer. I also addressed the letter as Dr. Ganesh Iyer.
I have enquired about you from the following persons:
1. Parish Priest,
Basilica of Our Lady of Velanganni, Velanganni.
(To ascertain whether you rendered medical services to pilgrims during the festival time as claimed by you.)
2. Rev. Fr. Solomon Raj S.J.,
Dhyana Ashramam, Mada Church Road, Chennai 600 028
3. Rev. Bro. Allan S.J.,
4. Some staff/employees of Dhyana Ashramam
(To ascertain whether your wife Prema had paralytic attack and daily she was taken to Our Lady of Lourdes Grotto from your house in the mornings and taken back home late in the night for about six months as stated by you in your testimony.)
5. Mr. C.R. Pattabhiraman, Bar-at-Law,
“The Groove”, Eldams Road, Chennai 600 018
(To ascertain whether you and your wife in any way related to this family or worked as a domestic servant in that family.)
6. Shiva Temple Trustees,
Shiva Temple, Mylapore, Chennai 600 004
(To ascertain about you as you were only roaming in that area.)
7. Brahmin Association
(Since you claimed to be past President of Brahmin Assn., and Vice President of R.S.S., to ascertain about your involvement in those organizations.)
9. A few close friends of yours who have requested not to divulge their names.
(To know completely about you, your wife and your background.)
10. A few residents of Agraharam in Mylapore
(To find out whether there is any truth in what you have said in your testimony about them.)
11. Dr. B. Ramamurthy, Famous Neuro Surgeon
27, II Main Road, C.I.T. Colony, Chennai 600 004
(To find out whether he had operated your wife Prema.)
From the enquiries, it came to light that YOU ARE NOT A QUALIFIED DOCTOR. YOU ARE A FRAUD AND A CHEAT. You have not passed M.B.B.S. from Kilpauk Medical College as alleged by you. Kilpauk Medical College are offering courses in Indian Medicine only for G.C.I.M. Degree earlier and quite recently only curriculum was changed from Indian Medicine to Allopathic.
You do not have any medical background except for sometime you worked as a worker with an Ayurvedicman. With this background you were exploiting the people calling yourself a doctor in Allopathic as well as Ayurvedic.
You are a FAKE doctor. You are liable for prosecution immediately and sent to jail. It is a great miracle that till today you are outside.
You claimed as a qualified Doctor and took complete charge of DIVINE RETREAT CENTRE HOSPITAL. The Director believing your words without verifying your certificates and antecedents have placed you in-charge of the hospital which had resulted in the deaths of many patients who were wrongly treated by you without proper diagnosis and you have administer wrong powerful antibiotics without knowing the dosage and its side effects. You have also issued death certificates to the patients who were killed by you due to your wrong and improper treatment as though they have died of their illness. You have committed serious criminal offences and COLD-BLOODED MURDERS for which you are LIABLE FOR DEATH SENTENCE BY HANGING.
My next task is to unearth the addresses of the relatives of those who have died (rather killed) due to your wrong and improper treatment at Divine Retreat Centre Hospital and ask them to file criminal cases against you. You cannot escape from your cold-blooded murders.
I am also planning to write to the Medical Council of Governments of Tamil Nadu and Kerala and to the police authorities of both the States to take appropriate action against you in the matter.
You have also said besides M.B.B.S. Degree you have two Ph. D. Degrees. Perhaps you have considered yourself fit to receive 2 Ph.D. Degrees for the following:
1. Ph. D. for fraudulent deeds, cold-blooded murders.
2. Ph. D. for telling lies, cheating and acting.
Your name can be recorded in Guinness Book for telling lies.
You have excelled Mr. Goyabells who is in the Guinness Book for telling lies.
You have said that you had CAR, you had a NURSING HOME, and had SEVERAL LAKHS of Rupees. On verification, it is learnt that you and your wife are BEGGARS, Honourable Beggars without Aluminium Begging Bowls in your hands. You did not even own a ordinary cycle. Only after coming to Divine Retreat Centre only you started seeing money and started taking money from the Retreatants for treatments and for removal of curses etc. Only after coming to Divine Retreat Centre only your and your wife’s personality have been remarkably changed. Both of you borrowed money from several people and you are keeping Divine Retreat Centre as a Safe Hideout place and enjoying a Royal Stay and Royal treatment.
Your wife PREMA literally crying and begging for help from Rev. Br. Allan S.J., Rev. Fr. Solomon Raj S.J. of Dhyana Ashramam saying that she has no relatives and her husband (YOU, Mr. Ganesh Iyer) is a DRUNKARD and unemployed, etc. Believing your wife, both Rev. Br. Allan S.J., Rev. Fr. Solomon Raj S.J. helping your family by monthly payments. You were also running behind Rev. Fr. Solomon Raj for help. Taking advantage of their help only both of you (you and your wife) perhaps thought that Priests will help and therefore fabricated stories and started cheating the Divine Retreat Centre. The people working in the Dhyana Ashramam tell stories about you.
You are telling in your testimony that your wife is the grand daughter of Sir C.P. Ramasamy Iyer. Daughter of Mr. C.R. Pattabhiraman who is now 93 years. He says that he has no daughter by name PREMA and son in law as GANESH IYER. The family says that they have heard lot of complaints that one GANESH IYER looking for matrimonial alliance for his son stating that he is related to Sir C.P. Ramasamy Iyer’s family. The family also trying to catch you.
In your testimony you have said that you have travelled all over the world. The interpretation of world in your language is Mylapore in Chennai and liquor shops.
You have also registered for your son’s matrimonial matter with the devotees who visit Shiva temple, Mylapore. Further your testimony about your son is also completely false. It is not necessary to discuss about it here as you and your wife only are culprits.
On receipt of this letter, I want you to vacate your room and quit Divine Retreat Centre immediately to catch first available train to get lost.
I am sending this letter to you only first. I will take two days to reach your hands. On the fourth day, I will come personally to meet the Director with all available documentary evidence which I have collected from the people whom I have met and also recorded tape of your testimony on different dates to expose you and your wife. On the third day, I will check with my friends in Divine Retreat Centre whether you have run away or still staying there. If you have not left the Divine Retreat Centre when I visit then I will take you out of the Divine Retreat Centre in a police van for all the cold blooded murders you have committed at Divine Retreat Centre Hospital calling yourself as a qualified Doctor.
After meeting the Director at Divine Retreat Centre, I will distribute copies of this letter to a few important people in Divine Retreat Centre and also send a report to the Medical Council of Government of Tamil Nadu and Kerala and the police authorities so that you cannot enter Divine Retreat Centre again through back door. Further you should not try this method of getting money by giving false testimony. I have already collected enough materials abut you from your friends and acquaintances. So be careful.
I also know many people come to your house (retreatants after their return) at Mandaivellipakkam to meet you and your wife when you are in Chennai. I also want you to vacate your room at Mandaivellipakkam so that they cannot meet you and you also cannot continue to extract money from them.
I have only touched few points of your testimony in this letter. For every statement of yours I can refute it with documentary evidence. After producing the documentary evidence in my possession to the Director of Divine Retreat Centre, I am going to ask him also to write letter personally to all the people I have mentioned above (your friends/acquaintances and agraharam people’s address I will furnish to him) to satisfy himself about the contents of the letter and to depute any responsible member from Divine Retreat Centre to personally meet those people and satisfy themselves about you and your wife. I will offer to render all possible assistance to that person deputed by the Director.
You have mentioned in your testimony that at present you are writing a book and get it printed at Divine Retreat Press. I will ask the Director not to print it even if your writing materialised. You are not a religious scholar. You are a bogus person and a cheat. You have no capacity to write with any originality. If at all you write, you will only copy it from other books and write all false things and your book will be like your false testimony. You have very cleverly planned to make tons of money through the book, getting it printed at free of cost at Divine Retreat Centre Press.
You have so long enjoyed a royal stay. Divine Retreat Centre was meeting all your expenses and also taking money from them. Today (the day you receive this letter) is the last day of your comfortable stay at Divine Retreat Centre. After receipt of this letter, immediately quit the Divine Retreat Centre and get lost. If you are not running away from that place immediately then you are inviting trouble for yourself. You will be honourably taken out in a police van.
1. Rev. Fr. George Panakkal, D.R.C., Chalakudy
2. Rev. Fr. Augustine Vallooran, D.R.C., Chalakudy
3. Rev. Fr. Mathew Naickomparambil, D.R.C., Chalakudy
4. Rev. Fr. Mathew Thadathil, D.R.C., Chalakudy
5. Br. Mathew, Advocate, D.R.C., Chalakudy
6. Br. P.J. Antony, D.R.C., Chalakudy
7. Br. Anno George, D.R.C., Chalakudy
8. Chairman, Medical Council, Government of Kerala
9. Superintendent of Police, Chalakudy
10. Rev. Fr. Solomon Raj, S.J., Dhyana Ashramam, Chennai
11. Rev. Br. Allan, S.J., Dhyana Ashramam, Chennai (His full name is Alangaram.)
12. Mr. C.R. Pattabhiraman, Bar-at-law, “The Groove”, Chennai
13. Chairman, Tamil Nadu Medical Council, Chennai
14. Commissioner of Police, Chennai
15. Br. Aravindaksha Menon, D.R.C., Chalakudy
16. Br. Williams, Br. Johnson, Br. Evans, Br. Antony, Br. Karunakaran, Tamil Retreat Section
17. Telugu/Kannada/English/Konkani/Hindi Retreat Sections
So Paul Ganesh Iyer (using the name that he was touted by in DRC) used me to “verify” his antecedents. I did not think much of it as I did not suspect his testimony to be anything but genuine. I encountered him at other retreats that I attended at DRC. If there were variations in his testimonies, I did not notice them.
In 1999, during one of my sojourns in the DRC, I crossed the highway to reach the Tamil and Malayalam sections and met a very disturbed Ganesh Iyer emerging from the main gate saying that he had been ordered to vacate his quarters and leave immediately. He said that he did not know why. A few weeks later, in Chennai, I met Fr. I. Solomon Raj who was then my spiritual director. He handed me the copy of Mr. S. Santhanaraj’s letter which I have reproduced above. It was only then that I understood why Ganesh Iyer had been ordered to get out of DRC.
(I must add that on my next visit to DRC, I gave a photocopy of Mr. Santhanaraj’s six-page letter to the praise and worship duo Glen and Teresa La’Rive so that Fr. Augustine Vallooran would be aware that I was in possession of it and in the know of things.)
One night a few weeks later, I was informed by a neighbour that Ganesh Iyer was residing on Periyapalli Street, just behind the Jesuits’ Dhyana Ashram. I went over with some locals and woke him up. He and his wife had been sleeping on the floor in the sweltering summer heat. He behaved as if there was no problem with the DRC and said that he would be going back in a few days. He never did. A few months later I heard that he was going around wearing a cassock and soliciting money in the name of DRC. After some time, nothing more was heard of him.
Why would an M.B.B.S. doctor (with TWO Ph. Ds) reside at DRC? Ganesh Iyer turned out to be a “compounder” of ayurvedic medicines at best.
DRC is anyway not known for compensating its musicians, preachers and volunteers fairly.
This has led to trusted longtime staffers being dismissed for theft (an example is George who was running the religious articles/bookstall when he was caught, the praise and worship leader Thankachan who started secretly selling healing powders (till I reported him and he was thrown out), etc. More on all of that in another report.
Mylapore locals recall seeing his wife Prema wearing a lot of gold jewellery after their eviction from DRC. Later, some said that they even bought a house of their own.
Mr. Santhanaraj was naïve in presuming that Fr. Augustine Vallooran was completely unaware of Iyer’s background. Fr. Vallooran is a very shrewd priest and has a history of using individuals to give thematic testimonies at DRC retreats. If one repeatedly hears any one of them, one will notice that it is almost identical each time, almost to the comma and full stop, even to the places at which the speaker inserts some light humour into the delivery.
Ganesh Iyer’s was not the only false testimony that was given at DRC. I have heard Fr. Vallooran himself make an impossible claim and I know for sure that the testimony of Vinu Philip of Kochi was a complete fabrication. Even the testimony of the great Aravindaksha Menon contains some elements of humbug.
Details will be furnished in a future report.
Catholics must be concerned that, at the DRC, they are listening to and being moved by “doctored” (excuse the pun) testimonies like those of Ganesh Iyer and others. Fr. Vallooran must be presumed to be guilty of complicity. It is impossible that he would not know the truth. He very possibly encourages and helps tailor the testimonies to fit the theme of the day; Vinu Philip’s for instance was for the married couples’ evening. The testimony had to have a particular impact and it did not matter if one manipulated the truth to achieve the desired result.
In the Ganesh Iyer fiasco, if a police investigation had been launched, Fr. Vallooran may well have landed in jail for criminal negligence and complicity in having permitted the quack to prescribe medicines and administer injections to retreatants, as well as to treat patients in the Centre’s hospital. One has to understand that many of the participants in the retreats come to Muringoor for mental and physical healing. I wonder if the Centre has a full-time doctor on board 24×7 for those in physical distress and a qualified Catholic psychologist/psychotherapist for people who suffer from emotional or psychosomatic problems.
I watched a man die in the very next room to mine. He was the aged father of Mr. Jayaraj from Coimbatore. Jayaraj was a translator into Tamil what Fr. Vallooran preached in English. I knew both Mr. Jayaraj and his father as I used to stay at their home in Coimbatore. When Jayaraj’s father took very ill, he rushed him by road ambulance to Muringoor. The elderly man breathed his last a few minutes after his arrival. In the meantime, no doctor could be found to see him. When it was found that the man had died, his body was loaded onto the ambulance for the journey back. The instruction given was for those accompanying to pretend that the ambulance was carrying a patient to the hospital. To the best of my knowledge, that too was a breach of the law, a crime.
In the half an hour that they were there, Mr. Jeyaraj had frantically sought to meet his “friend” Fr. Vallooran in his room on the first floor but was unsuccessful. Neither could he find ANYONE in authority to console him or to administer the last rites to his expired father. To give the man the last rites would be to admit that he died on the DRC premises and that was something that no one would risk or had the authority to certify. Such is how the DRC is tightly controlled and run.
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