Court extends JC of Karmapa aide & 6 others in currency haul case
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Last Updated: Friday, February 25, 2011, 00:00
Shimla/Una: A court in Una on Thursday extended the judicial custody of seven persons, including the Tibetan spiritual leader Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje's aide Rubgi Chosang, in connection with huge foreign currency haul.

The judicial custody of all the seven people arrested in connection with the foreign currency seizure was extended by Chief Judicial Magistrate, Una, Rajesh Tomar, SP, Una, Santosh Patyal said.

The arrests were made following seizure of Rs 1 crore from a car at Mehatpur border on January 25 last and two occupants of the car, Sanjay Dutt and Ashutosh (driver) were arrested.

Subsequently, the police also arrested Karma Thapa and his wife Rinzin in connection with seizure of Rs 1 crore and two more people, a Dharamsala based hotelier KP Bharadwaj and Manager of Ambala branch of Corporation Bank, DK Dhar was also arrested.

The money was reportedly meant for purchase of land by the Karmapas trust in Kangra district, the police said.

Himachal Pradesh police quizzed the Karmapa and Enforcement Directorate and his office all along maintained that the money recovered was donation from his followers across the world and there was nothing illegal about the funds.

The police and ED were still investigating the source of the money and the channels through which it reached the monastery.

The government was also investigating the benami land deals by Tibetans and the government had already transferred the title of the land, on which sprawling Gyuto monastery was located, in the name of the government.


First Published: Friday, February 25, 2011, 00:00

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