Dhammakaya deputy abbot stripped of his title

A Royal Command was announced on Wednesday stripping Phra Ratchapawanajarn or Phra Thattachivo, deputy abbot of Wat Dhammakaya, of his title effective as of March 7.

The Royal Command which was counter-signed by Prime Minister Prayut Chan-ocha cited the deputy abbot of having committed several offences and wrongful acts ranging from providing shelter to a criminal suspect, defying NCPO Order No 5/2560, to ignoring summonses to report himself to authorities and using temple money to invest in stocks.

Earlier, a Royal Command was announce stripping Phra Dhammachayo, honorary abbot of the temple, of his title.