Chargesheet filed against Karmapa, 9 others

Last Updated: Thursday, December 8, 2011 - 00:09

Shimla: The police on Tuesday filed a charge sheet
in a court in Una against Buddihist spiritual leader Ogyen
Trinley Dorje and nine others in connection with recovery of
foreign and Indian currencies worth Rs 7 million from his
monastery in January this year.

While the Karmapa, Tenjing Nangyal and Goyo T Siring
Singhe were booked under section 120-B of IPC for allegedly
hatching a conspiracy to commit an offence, the others were
chargesheeted under sections 419 (cheating by personation),
420 (cheating), 467 (forgery of valuable securities), 468
(forgery for cheating), 471 (using forged document as genuine)
and 489-C (possession of forged or counterfeit currency
noters) of the Indian Penal Code.

The others named in the charge sheet included K P
Bhardwaj, Sanjog Dutt, Ashutosh, Ragvey Chosang, Devinder
Kumar Dhar, Rinjhin Bagmo and Karma Krmo, SP,Una, Sumedha
Diwedi said.
The money was reportedly being carried from Delhi to
Dharamsala to be paid as earnest money by Tibetan Karma
Garchen Trust located in Dharamsala to a local resident there
in connection with a land deal.

Subsequently, seven persons, including Karmapa`s close
aide Rubgi Chosang, also known as Shakti Lama were arrested
and later released on bail.

During the week-long searches in the monastery, currency
worth over Rs 6 million of 26 countries, including the UK, the
USA, Thailand, India, China, Japan, Canada and other countries
were recovered.

The Karmapa’s office has told the investigating agencies
that the money was a collection of donations from followers.
"We are awaiting sanction from the central government for
prosecuting the accused under the Foreign Currency Regulation
Act (FCRA)", the SP said, adding the offences under FCRA would
be added in the charge sheet later.

Earlier, the UNA fast-track court judge R. K. Sharma had
directed the police in September to hand over the seized
currency of Rs.70 million to Enforcement Directorate (ED) and
the order of the court was complied with, she added.

Una police, which had investigated into the case, also
quizzed Karmapa, who is also one of the main Trustees of the
Karma Garchen Trust and also intensively questioned the
occupants of the vehicle Ashutosh and Sanjog Datt.

The transit receipt for the cash was reportedly given by
the Manager of Corporation Bank at Ambala, Devender Kumar
Dhar, who allegedly gave documents which were not valid and
he, along with another member of the Trust Rabgye Chosang were
also made accused.

During interrogations, it came out that most of the money
to the Trust was being received through couriers located at
Majnu Ka Tila, a settlement of Tibetans in Delhi.

Consequently, the police rounded up a Tibetan couple
Rinjin Wongmo and Karma Khampa from Delhi and two more accused
Gompo Tsering and Tenzing Namgyal were also named as accused
in the case.

PTI



First Published: Thursday, December 8, 2011 - 00:07

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