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Feb 17, 2011 at 12:02am IST

Karmapa is not a China spy, clarifies Centre

New Delhi: Tibetan spiritual leader Karmapa Ugyen Trinely Dorji has been given a clean chit on accusation of being a China spy.

A probe was initiated aginst the spiritual leader after huge amount of foreign currencies were recovered from his premises.

Foreign currency belonging to 25 countries, including China, was recovered by the police from the premises of the Karmapa-backed trust and some of the trustees in the raids that followed recovery of Rs 1 crore from two persons on January 25 last, allegedly drawn from a bank at Majnoo-ka-Tila in Delhi for a land deal.

Government source said that the money had come in the form of donations and offerings by devotees and a clean chit has been given to Karmapa.

He has been advised by the Government to get the services of chartered accountants as there were some mismanagement and irregularities, but no willful braking of law.

His followers have been allowed to seek allotment of land for use in the Monastery, but asked to follow the Foreign Currency Regulation Act.

A delegation of the Karmapa's followers on Wednesday met Union Home Secretary Gopal K Pillai and apprised him about various aspects of the case.

The delegation pleaded for the innocence of the Karmapa and assured all cooperation from his side to the ongoing probe.

The Home Secretary is learnt to have asked the delegation to advise the Karmapa and his associates about the existing laws, to hire chartered accountants to manage his funds and to register the trust under the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act.

(With inputs from PTI)

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