Shimla: Himachal Pradesh police has recovered Rs6.5 crore, including currency of 25 countries from the raids at Karmapa Monastery in Dharamshala about 250 km from here.
The raid that started on Thursday went on till Friday. In the raids Rs1 crore hawala money was also recovered from the residence of Buddhist monk Karmapa’s close aide Shakti Lama. Earlier, the police also raided the Gyuto Tantric Monastic University, home of the Karmapa Ugyen Trinley Dorjee. The monastery was raided at 1:30PM on Thursday.
The police recovered currency notes of 25 different countries on the second day. It included US$-6.25 , Euros-26000, Singapore-$72000, Hongkong $-56000, Taiwanese $- 7.39 lakh, Canadian $ 15000, Pound Sterling 4200, Dutch mark- 3600, Japanese yen -2000, Austrian $320, Korean won two lakh, Cambodian riyal-33000, Indonesian Rupiah- 16.32 lakhs, Bhutanese ngultrum- 1500, Vietnam Currency-8.24 lakh, Malaysian currency-6000, Ruble-660, Nepalese Rupees-12.12 lakhs and Chinese yuan 13 lakh. The raid was conducted after police seized Rs1.25 crore from a car in Una. Two monks and a driver was arrested with the money. It is believed that the money was meant for a big land deal in the state.
The ADG Himachal Pradesh Police S.R.Mardi said that Karmapa will be interrogated in this connection if needed. It is worthwhile to mention here that a writ petition is pending before Himachal Pradesh High Court over registrations of land in the name of some Tibetans living Kullu and other districts, alleging their involvement in the land deal.