Karmapa to cooperate with ED probe

sources from timesofindia.com

Two days after foreign exchange worth over Rs 6 crore was seized from Tibetan spiritual leader — Karmapa Lama’s monastery in Dharamshala, the leader has reportedly agreed to cooperate with the Enforcement Directorate (ED) probe to be held later today. Meanwhile, the leader has been put under virtual house arrest.

Karma Chungliapa, Deputy General Secretary of Karmapa Monastery said, “We are consulting out legal experts and later in the day we will issue a proper statement. We know that the press and people are asking many questions. We will respond all of them, but as of now, our priority is to cooperate fully with the investigating agency.”

Mystery grows over Karmapa-China link

After foreign currency was recovered from Tibetan spiritual leader — Karmapa Lama’s monastery in Dharamshala, the leader denied any Chinese links. Of the cash recovered in the raid by the Una police in Himachal Pradesh, 1.6 crore was in Chinese Yuan — hinting at a likely Chinese conspiracy involving the Lama.

Karmapa’s close aide Shakti Lama was also arrested following the raids. Police suspects a hawala racket operating in the state. However, Tibetan parliamentarians are rallying strongly behind the Spiritual leader claiming that ignorance about the forex law has led to this situation.

The 17th Karmapa, Ugyen Trinley Dorje, could be a Chinese “plant”, suspect Indian intelligence agencies looking into the spiritual leader’s affairs after raids on his transit home at Sidhbari near Dharamshala on Thursday night.

Intelligence agencies say the Karmapa may be part of a Chinese plan to control monasteries along the Sino-Indian border. The exact circumstances of Dorje’s “escape” from Tibet in 2000 have always puzzled Indian agencies. He claimed to have hoodwinked Chinese authorities by going into exclusion and reaching Nepal.

A source said the agencies have information to suggest the Karmapa has links with China, including funding.