The Sangha Council yesterday didn’t consider whether Phra Dhammachayo, the controversial abbot of the Dhammakaya Temple in Pathum Thani, should be defrocked.
The meeting saw that the charges of embezzlement and land ownershipillegitimate land ownership had already ended at the court of first instance without any appeal.
The council and the National Buddhism Office had been called on by the Department of Special Investigation (DSI) to act against the abbot as suggested in a letter from the late supreme patriarch.
The DSI would summon the abbot and other monks for questioning starting early next month regarding the donations from embezzlement suspect Supachai Srisupa-aksorn, then chairman of the Khlong Chan Credit Union, to the bank accounts of the abbot, his temple and other monks. http://www.nationmultimedia.com/nationa ... 79019.html