Probe into cash haul in monastery continues: Chidambaram

As investigation continues into the large cash haul from a Buddhist monastery linked to the Karmapa, Home Minister P Chidambaram Monday said he was yet to draw any conclusion on the issue as the probe was still on.

New Delhi: As investigation continues into
the large cash haul from a Buddhist monastery linked to the
Karmapa, Home Minister P Chidambaram Monday said he was yet to
draw any conclusion on the issue as the probe was still on.

Chidambaram said various government agencies were
investigating into the recovery of Rs 7.5 crore from the
offices of a trust backed by Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje in
Himachal Pradesh.

"I have been briefed but I am not prepared to draw any
conclusion at this stage. And since I did not draw any
conclusion, I can`t share anything with you either," he said
when asked about the reports of Chinese link to the cash haul.

The Karmapa, however, denied any Chinese link and said
the charges against him were "grossly speculative and without
foundation".

The Karmapa said the money was donated by devotees, who
come from all over the world and belonged to the trust.

The police arrested two persons -- Ashutosh and Sanjay
Dutt -- on January 26 after alleged recovery of Rs 1 crore and
later nabbed Shakti Lama, a key functionary of the Karmapa-
backed trust, who were remanded in police custody for nine
days.

The residence and office of Monastery functionary
Gompu Tshering were raided next day and foreign currency in
US dollars worth Rs 4 lakh was recovered.

The sleuths of Intelligence Bureau, Enforcement
Directorate and Income Tax Department have also joined the
probe.

PTI

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