Shimla: Himachal Pradesh government today gave a clean chit to the 17th Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje in any financial irregularities and categorically ruled out the possibility of any action against him.
Chief Secretary Rajwant Sandhu said this while addressing media conference. She said “There is no involvement of the Karmapa (in any financial irregularities). We have reasons to believe that some donations came for the monastery and the Karmapa has nothing to do with that, as monastery’s other functionaries were looking after financial transactions.” She said police are still investigating where the seized currency, the bulk of it Chinese yuans, as also US dollar 600,000, came from and for what purpose it was kept. “Police are questioning the monastery functionaries and the law will take its own course,” she said. On recommending to the central government to deport the Karmapa from India, the chief secretary said: “There is no question at all.” She also clarified that there was no communication from the central government to go slow on the Karmapa issue. Police still believes that seized money was meant for some “illegal” land deal in Dharamsala with the involvement of the Karmapa’s aide Shakti Lama.
However, Rajwant Sandhu said: “The government is conducting the survey to know the ‘benami’ properties acquired by the exiles across the state. The law is equal for all, including the exiles.” Meanwhile, the government-in-exile has already clarified that the state government is free to take action against illegal land deals by the Tibetans. Ngodup Dorjee, secretary home department, government-in-exile, told Himvani “The Tibetans are bound to respect the Indian laws. We don’t interfere if the state government takes action against any individual or organisation for violating the laws in acquiring properties. As far the as government-in-exile is concerned, it has constructed buildings after taking permission from the state.” “Specifically, reports have circulated recently claiming that the Karmapa has acquired land along the Sino-Indian border. We state categorically that His Holiness owns no such property whatsoever, nor does the Karmapa’s Office of Administration,” said Karma Topden and Deki Chungyalpa, advisers to the Karmapa.
A police team has twice questioned the Karmapa about the recovery of money. A four member Enforcement Directorate team from Chandigarh, headed by deputy director V. Neeraja also scanned the account books, ledgers and documents pertaining to financial transactions and questioned the monastery officials.