Gangtok: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh
has assured a Buddhist delegation that he will personally look
into the matter of Karmapa Ugyen Trinley Dorje and review the
A Buddhist delegation called on the Prime Minister
yesterday to discuss the problems facing the Karmapa.
A press release issued by the Joint Action Committee of
Buddhist Organisations of Sikkim, former Finance Secretary,
Kunzang Sherab, said that the Prime Minister reassured the
delegation that he fully understood the sentiments of the
Buddhists and promised that as soon as the Budget session was
over, he would personally look into the matter and review the
The delegation comprised Lok Sabha MP PD Rai, former MP
and Union Minister from Ladakh P Namgyal, former member of the
National Commission of Scheduled Tribes Lama Lobzang and
former MP and Ambassador Karma Topden.
They also submitted a memorandum to the Prime Minister
requesting him to look into all the problems that the Karmapa
was facing and allow him to visit Sikkim.
The Centre on February 16 is understood to have given a
clean chit to the Karmapa in the case relating to the huge
foreign currency haul from his house, saying the money had
come in the form of donations and offerings by devotees.
This was the conclusion arrived by the central
government after its agencies probed the case following the
recovery of foreign currency to the tune of Rs 7.5 crore from
the Gyuto Monastery, the transit home of the Karmapa, in