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Phra Kru Palad Sitthiwat, better known as Luang Phi Namfon, on Thursday vigorously denied allegations of misconduct after an automotive accessories store posted pictures of him and a "thank you" message on its Facebook page, suggesting he had brought his Mercedes-Benz S-class in to the shop to fit new magnesium alloy wheels. 

A well-known monk has been widely criticised by Thai netizens after photos of him standing inside an auto shop went viral. (Photos taken from Leng Auto Max Facebook page) The photos, which began to circulate on Facebook and other channels on Monday, showed Phra Kru Palad, abbot of Wat Pailom in Nakhon Pathom, standing inside an auto shop with a display of mag wheels in the background.The photos were originally posted on the Facebook page of Leng Auto Max, a well-known automotive accessories store located on Bantadthong Road in Bangkok’s Pathumwan district. The store also posted a message that was translated as: “The popular Luang Phi’s Benz S-class finally found its soulmate. Installing new model of mag wheels rim 18 + tyres 99% year 2013. Thank you for trusting us for more than 10 years. Thank you Luang Phi.” The photos and accompanying message have generated wide criticism from internet users with many commentators saying the monk’s lifestyle was improper conduct, while some raised doubts over the use of donated money from Buddhist laymen.Phra Kru Palad admitted that he went to Leng Auto Max on Monday and that the monk in the photo was him.  But he said the luxury car belonged to a disciple and the car owner had asked him to go there with him. He responded to the invitation because he was close to the shop owner and he loved cars, Thai Rath quoted him as saying.“I’ve done nothing wrong. I didn’t rob or kill anyone. As I understand it, the shop...

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