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