Cash controversy: Dalai Lama bats for Karmapa

Karmapa has been questioned by the Himachal Pradesh police and other central government agencies.

Last Updated: Jan 30, 2011, 09:51 AM IST

Zeenews Bureau

Dharamsala (Himachal Pradesh): At a time Tibetan religious leader Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje is being questioned for his possible Chinese connection following the seizure of foreign currency over a two dozen countries valued at Rs 7 crore from his office, chief Buddhists monk the Dalai Lama has come out in open to support Karmapa.

“Karmapa has been receiving offerings from disciples based in various countries. The money is the sum of those donations. This is not a reason to question his credential”, the Dalai Lama said.

Karmapa is the 17th reincarnation of the Karma Kagyu sect of Tibetan Budhhism and the third highest ranked monk after the Dalai Lama and the Panchen Lama, missed the Saturday morning prayers and public audience.

With the Gyuto Tantric monastery, where he has been residing in the last few years with his followers, swarming with police officials, the Karmapa has been confined to his rooms on the top floor even though the authorities are not officially saying that he is under house arrest.
Police on Saturday continued searches at the offices of a trust backed by Karmapa.

Karmapa has been questioned by the Himachal Pradesh police and other central government agencies.

The Karmapa, police sources said, was also questioned on late Friday night at his monastery at Sidhbari.
Himachal DGP DS Manhas along with senior police officers inspected the Gyato monastery and the ashram at Sidhbari near here last evening and talked with the Karmapa.

Karmapa was asked about the foreign currency seized. "The seizure foreign currency is from 25 different countries and includes large amounts of US dollars, Chinese Yuan, Hong Kong dollars, Taiwanese and other currencies," Manhas said.

Asked about the seizure, Karma Chunyappa, Deputy General Secretary of the Karmapa, asserted that the financial dealings of the monastery were transparent.

"Our lineage and His Holiness the Karmapa enjoy the love, trust and faith of millions across the world. We have a rich history of public service made possible through financial dealings that are entirely transparent. We will certainly answer all the questions that the press and public have but for now we request you to allow us to concentrate and comply fully with the investigations that are underway," the Karmapa Office of Administration said in the statement.

The Karmapa`s office, in a statement said, they were "complying fully with the investigation".

Meanwhile, Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal said the Himachal Government would share all information about the Karmapa with the Enforcement Directorate and security agencies.

"Certainly, the government of India must be having more information about Karmapa`s activities and the state government would abide by the direction of the Union Government as the matter is linked to internal security," he told reporters.