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Police to grill Karmapa again
ED seeks custody of foreign currency
Lalit Mohan/TNS

Dharamsala/Una, January 31
The Una police will send another questionnaire to the 17th Karmapa, Ugyen Trinley Dorjee.

Reliable sources here said the police was preparing another questionnaire as it was not satisfied by the Karmapa’s answers to the queries posed to him yesterday.

In his answer to the police queries, the Karmapa feigned total ignorance about the foreign currency recovered from his monastery.

Police officials said they would either go with another questionnaire to the Karmapa or send it to him for written answers to their queries.

The new questionnaire would seek more specific information from the Karmapa, said one of the senior police officials investigating the case. SP Una Santosh Patial said further questioning of the Karmapa and his aides could not be ruled out.

The Karmapa office had been maintaining that the entire amount was received in donations from disciples from foreign countries.

The sources here told The Tribune that the new questionnaire pertained to additional information received by the police regarding the case from raids at offices of the Karma Garchen Trust in New Delhi and interrogation of his aides.

Meanwhile, teams of the Enforcement Directorate and the IB interrogated the accused who are in custody of the Himachal Police. Local trader KP Bharadwaj who was selling land to the Karmapa trust and DK Dhar, the manager of Corporation Bank at Ambala who issued a controversial letter to Bharadwaj.




Monk’s stay depends on probe findings
Ajay Banerjee/TNS

New Delhi, January 31
The result of the ongoing probe into the recovery of huge cash, including foreign currency, recovered from the monastery of the 17th Karmapa - Ugyen Trinley Dorje - in Dharamsala will determine whether the Buddhist leader would be allowed to stay in India or not.

If the probe finds him guilty of having Chinese links, then a political call will have to be taken on his future. Well-placed sources in the government today said no decision has been taken to “deport” the Karmapa to the Tibetan Autonomous Region - controlled by China.

“Why would China accept him”, asked a top official while confirming that the findings of the probe will be shared with top political bosses who will take a call on Karmapa’s stay in India.

Nearly Rs 6 crore, including Chinese yuan, were found during raids at the Gyuto monastery in Dharamsala. According to sources, investigators have found that such funds regularly keep coming to the Karmapa. The probe will also look into all land deals made by his close aides and also establish where all has the Buddhist leader spent the money received from devotees. It will take some time as a link to the money trail has to be established, added sources.

The probe against the Karmapa has cast a grim shadow on the already testy ties between India and China.

The investigators have enough reason to suspect that the religious leader was in regular touch with China and money was also coming from there. Security agencies are reading this as a game plan of the Chinese to control the Buddhist monasteries that dot the Himalayan region from Ladakh in Jammu and Kashmir to Tawang in Arunachal Pradesh.

Almost all the monasteries are located in strategically sensitive areas where key Army and IAF installations are based and any pro-China lobby or group could be of immense loss to India.




He’s not our spy: Beijing

Beijing: Beijing has said that the speculation over Ugyen Trinley Dorje, the 17th Karmapa, being a Chinese spy “shows that India is keeping its mistrustful attitude toward China”.A Chinese official denied reports that the Karmapa was part of a Chinese plan to control monasteries along the Sino-Indian border. — IANS






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