OAG seeks temple subsidy information from ONAB for probe

The Office of the Auditor's General has requested the National Office of Buddhism (ONAB) for the information of the money that it has annually subsidised the temples.

The information would enable investigators to trail the money routes and found additional information related to the scam.

As for the investigation that has implicated that two famous temples in Bangkok may also have involved in misusing the fund and more NOB officials may involve with the corruption, the Minister Attached to the Prime Minister's Office, Mr Omsin Chiwaphruek said he has not yet received details or the additional list of people involved with the case.

But he said the ONAB director has been instructed to coordinate with the National Anti-Corruption Commission in the probe.

Commenting on the report that Ms Pranom Kongpikul, current deputy director of ONAB and Mr Nopparat Benchawattananan, former ONAB director who had retired, were allegedly involved with the graft case, Mr Omsin said if the report was proved true, they would be prosecuted.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)