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Karmapa set to get Centre’s clean chit

The Union government said the money had come in the form of donations and offerings by devotees.

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi |
February 17, 2011 12:41:59 am

In what came as a major relief for the 17th Karmapa Ugyen Trinley Dorji,the Centre on Wednesday said it was in the process of giving a clean chit to the spiritual leader in the case relating to the foreign currency haul from his house. The Union government said the money had come in the form of donations and offerings by devotees. This was the conclusion drawn by the Central government after agencies probed the case following the recovery of foreign currency to the tune of Rs 7.5 crore from Gyuto Monastery,the Karmapa’s transit home in Himachal Pradesh.

“The foreign currency recovered during raids are donations and offerings from devotees and the affairs of the Trust backed by him are managed by the trustees. It happened due to the callousness of his associates and lack of knowledge of laws,” claimed a senior Home Ministry official adding that the Karmapa’s associates had made the mistake of keeping such a huge amount of foreign currency.

The Tibetan leader came under the scanner of agencies like the Enforcement Directorate and DRI after the recovery of the money during the January 27 raid.

The official added that a delegation of the Karmapa’s followers on Wednesday met Union Home Secretary G K Pillai and apprised him about various aspects of the case. The delegation pleaded for the innocence of the Karmapa and assured all cooperation in the ongoing probe.

The Home Ministry has asked the delegation to advise the Karmapa and his associates about the existing laws,to hire chartered accountants to manage his funds and to register the Trust under the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act.

Earlier in the day,the Himachal Pradesh government had made it clear that there was no move to arrest the Karmapa. Reacting to allegations that the Centre had sent advisories to the state police agencies to “slow down” their investigation in the case,Himachal Pradesh DGP D S Manhas told reporters,“It’s not true. Investigation will go on as it should,and in fact,has progressed very well in the past 15 days. All issues cropped up during the investigations need a thorough probe. Police are taking all precautions. We have nothing against the Karmapa and have now conveyed to the Centre that there is no move to arrest him.”

With ENS,Shimla

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