Investigators probing the huge cash haul from a transit home of the 17th Karmapa Ugyen Trinley Dorje are suspecting that the religious leader is in regular touch with Chinese authorities to help Beijing control Buddhist monasteries from Ladakh to Tawang.
Evidence emerging during investigation indicated that the currencies of China,Japan,the US,the UK,Australia,Thailand and several other countries recovered from Gyuto Monastery in Dharamlsala have come from Chinese sources.
Sources said investigators have found that such funds regularly keep coming to the Tibetan religious leader and he could be part of a Chinese design to help Beijing control all Buddhist monasteries located in the Himalayan region beginning from Ladakh in Jammu and Kashmir to Tawang in Arunachal Pradesh.
A close aide of Karmapa,Rabjaychojan alias Shakti Lama,was arrested and was being interrogated.
The illegal funds were recovered during a raid at the monasteries yesterday.
Apart from the huge foreign currencies,a sum of Rs 4 lakh in Indian currency was also seized from the transit home of the Karmapa.
The raids followed arrest of two persons Asutosh and Sanjay with Rs one crore at Una in Himachal Pradesh.
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.
Karmapa was reportedly inside the monastery when the raids were conducted but there was no word from him or any of his aides about the raids and the money seized.