‘Hinn’s plane stalled for blessings’

BANGALORE: Organisers of the Festival of Blessings event said the controversy over US pastor Benny Hinn‘s alleged attempt to leave the city without proper Customs clearance was the result of a Customs official’s request for ‘special blessings’ for his daughter.

Hinn’s departure followed all procedures and rules, including processing through emigration and Customs, the organisers maintained.

However, Immigration ACP Vijaya Kumar and Customs superintendent Krishna Murthy asked Hinn to bless the niece of a deputy collector of Customs who suffers from a speech impairment.

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The officials approached Hinn’s aircraft with the child after the plane started moving to the runway for take-off, the organisers said.

On being denied access to Hinn, the officials directed the Air Traffic Control to deny the aircraft permission for take-off. Only after the child, Bhavana, was photographed and prayed for by Hinn’s security officials was the plane allowed to take off, the organisers maintained.

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The Times of India, India
Jan. 25, 2005

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