Madhya Perdesh, April 24: A senior bureaucrat, a 1990 batch IAS Officer of the Tamil Nadu cadre has been removed as poll observer in the state of Madhya Pradesh after reports of his ‘faith-healing’ activities emerged.
According to reports, the State Election Commission had warned him against conducting such activities. The move was reportedly sparked by the bureaucrat recently visiting the district hospital in the region where he had gone to treat himself for a headache but had indulged in healing activities of other patients.
A complaint had reportedly been received after he allegedly took on visitors who sought his healing services.
There are publicly available videos of Umashankar preaching, he does not hide it. The Election Commission has taken the decision based on reports.
The bureaucrat, whose healing videos are posted to a popular page called DayofLord Jesus on YouTube, was warned by the Tamil Nadu government against taking part in prayer meetings. In 2015, the TN government had restricted him from preaching and propagating religion, which could create communal tensions.