Karmapa questioned, searches continue at offices
The noose is fast tightening around Karmapa in the case involving seizure of unaccounted money.
Dharamshala: Police on Saturday continued
searches at the offices of a trust backed by 17th Karmapa
Ugyen Trinley Dorje, who was questioned over the seizure of
foreign currency valued at Rs 7 crore.
Himachal DGP D S Minhas 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
and as expected he said it was received through offerings,
Minhas said today.
He said the Karmapa was not under arrest or house
Searches continued at the offices of the Karma Garchen
Trust today and so far Rs seven crore in currencies of over
two dozen countries, including China, Taiwan, japan, South
Korea, the UK, the US, Australia, German, has been seized.
Asked about the seizure, Karma Chunyappa, Deputy
General Secretary of the Karmapa, asserted that the financial
dealings of the monastery were transparent.
"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," he said.
The DGP said that some documents about land
transactions had also been recovered and these were being
scrutinised to find out whether there was a nexus between
Tibetans and some local people indulging in benami land deals.
All non-agriculturists including bonafide Himachalis
were barred from purchasing any land in Himachal without the
permission of the government under section 118 of HP tenancy
and Land Reforms Act and Tibetans having refugee status were
not entitled to buy any land.
However, some Tibetans have acquired properties in
Himachal and the High Court had issued notices to Tibetans in
Meanwhile, Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal today said
the Himachal Government would share every information about
the Karmapa with the Enforcement Directorate and security
"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 after launching a heli-taxi at Annandale
helipad in Shimla. Asked about the seizure of huge amounts of foreign
currency, the Chief Minister said it was for the Union
Government to take appropriate steps to trace the source and
route through which the money was reaching the monastery and
Dhumal said the Home Minister has convened a meeting
of all the Chief Ministers on February 1 to discuss issues
related to internal security and the Karmapa issue would also
crop up in the meeting.Prime Minister Manmohan Singh would
also be present in the meeting.
The police had raided the monastery after information
that black money was being used for transaction of benami land
deals, sources said.
The money was reportedly drawn from the Majnoo Ka Tila
branch of a private sector bank in Delhi and the police was
interrogating the duo.