Chargesheet filed against Karmapa, 9 others



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