A relief charity supported by Jason Leitch, the national clinical director at the heart of the Scottish drive against Covid-19, has been accused of “dastardly” acts.

Professor Leitch, an evangelical Christian, is a trustee of the India Rural Evangelical Fellowship (IREF), which runs orphanages in southeast India, provides free medical care and “Christian education” at further and higher levels for people from deprived backgrounds.

In January Leitch, who is a qualified dentist, and his wife Lynn, visited Repalle in Andhra Pradesh to run health clinics for schoolchildren. Leitch postponed a further planned after the pandemic struck in March.

The Indian-based Legal Rights Protection Forum (LRPF) claims the Christian NGO is using the offer of help as a front to convert young people to Christianity, in

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