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PostPosted: Wed 25 Apr - 21:37 (2012)    Post subject: HP govt. gives clean chit to Karmapa Reply with quote

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Dharamsala, February 12 - The Himachal Pradesh government has given clean chit to the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorjee in connection with seizure of foreign currency worth Rs 7.5 crore from his temporary home at Sidhbari near here, according to the Press Trust of India (PTI).

Rajwant Sandhu, the Himachal Pradesh state’s chief secretary, said the huge foreign currency recovered during raids from the Gyuto monastery, the transit home of the Karmapa, are donations and offerings from devotees and the Karmapa had no links with it as the affairs of the trust are managed by trustees.

“The Karmapa is a revered religious leader… and the government has no intentions to interfere in the religious affairs of Buddhists,” Sandhu said, adding that there was no question of any action against the Karmapa and also no reason to believe that he had links with the foreign currency seizure from Sidhbari.

Asked if there was any chance of the Karmapa facing arrest, she said there was “zero” possibility.

While police and the Enforcement Directorate sleuths have quizzed the Karmapa and his aides in connection with the source of the foreign currency, including Chinese yuan, the investigating agencies claim to have got vital leads about benami land purchases.

Referring to the land transactions by some Tibetans, Sandhu said all such deals were being probed and the law would take its own course.

Referring to certain properties associated with the Dalai Lama, Sandhu said a proposal was under consideration to regularise and legalise some of these properties but the matter was in the high court, which had stayed the process.

The chief secretary said it had been established that Rs 1 crore was brought from a bank near Majnoo-ka-Tila but the Karmapa was not involved.

The police have arrested seven persons, including Sanjay Dutt and Ashutosh, Shakti Lama, Dharamshala-based hotelier K.P. Bharadwaj, D.K. Dhar, a branch manager at Corporation Bank, and a couple — Karma Thapa and his wife Rinzin.
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