Shimla/Dharamsala (Jan 29): The Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile has expressed solidarity with the 17th Karmapa after foreign currency to the tune of Rs 7 crore was recovered from his close aides. Meanwhile, police today completed search operation in the offices of the trust running Gyto monastery. The residence of a former trust functionary was also raided today where some foreign currency was recovered.
Penpa Tsering, chairman of the Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile said that members of the parliament had called on the Karmapa and expressed their solidarity with him. He said that the money recovered was collected through huge donations offered by the followers of the Lama and such offerings could not be refused. He said that the trust was not aware about the legal implications of keeping foreign currency with them so the Trust would now seek legal services from experts. He denied that there was any conspiracy angle in the case.
More foreign currency confiscated at Sidhbari
According to sources, police searched the residence of Gompa Tsering, where some foreign currency was recovered; however, further details were still awaited. Gompa Tsering had been earlier working as a functionary of the trust and his name figured during the interrogation of Shakti Lama. Himachal DGP DS Minhas along with other senior police officers inspected Gyato monastery last evening and talked with the Karmapa as well.
Karmapa not under house arrest
PL Thakur, inspector general of police (northern range) said the Karmapa was not under arrest or house arrest. He described the rumors of Karmapa’s house arrest as figment of imagination. Thakur said that so far Karmapa was not questioned, however, if required he may be questioned when the need arises during the process of investigation.