Karmapa cash haul: Chinese link found

Following is a PTI news story about cash haul from Karmapa in Dharamshala.

Dharamsala/New Delhi: Police claimed to have seized foreign currency valued at over Rs six crore during raids in the offices of a trust backed by 17th Karmapa Ugyen Trinley Dorje, who investigators believe could be having links with Chinese authorities.

Himachal Pradesh ADGP (Law and Order) S R Mardi said huge sums of money in currencies of 25 countries including China, Taiwan, Japan, South Korea, the UK, the US, Australia, Thailand, Vietnam and Germany were seized during the raids.

The recovered amount includes 11 lakh in Chinese Yuan, 6 lakh USD and Rs 30 lakh. Officials said law will take its own course in the case.

DGP D S Minhas said lots of land deal documents were also found and probe is on whether these are part of some benami deals. Some travellers cheques were also found.

The Karmapa, who had fled to India on January 5, 2000 from China as a 14-year-old boy, may be questioned if needed, Minhas said. He has been living in Dharamsala ever since.

Although Dorje is widely called the Karmapa, officials said that he is one of the four contenders to the seat of Karmapa. The Dalai Lama had also recognised him as ”Karmapa”, a Buddhist seat that carries forward Tibetan activities.

Investigators probing the huge cash haul from the transit home of the Karmapa suspect that he is in regular touch with Chinese authorities, apparently 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.

However, Speaker of Tibetan Parliament-in-exile Pempa Tsering ruled out any Chinese link with the Karmapa. He said "lack of knowledge of law and rules could be behind the keeping of money in huge amount which came through donations".

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One Response to "Karmapa cash haul: Chinese link found"

  1. Steve S   February 8, 2011 at 6:43 pm

    Details which are coming out, it seems that Himachal government has made a fool of itself in this case. The monastery has all the required sanctions for constructing the monastery. Regarding the cash haul, as per Indian laws foreign exchange cannot be deposited in banks directly. One has to have some sort of license to deposit foreign currency. Indian buerocracy withheld this license from Karmapa and hence so much money was found in the monastry.I am wondering why did Indian media pounce on him with just government information?

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