Following media reports claiming that the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa’s name has been included in a chargesheet filed by the police in a Himachal Pradesh court, north India, the Karmapa Office of Administration in a release today clarified that they were yet to receive any “official or court notice”.
“Karmapa Office of Administration has only read media reports, and has not been served with any official or court notice,” the Karmapa Office of Administration said in the release.
“As per the information with the Karmapa Office of Administration, the CJM court at Una, Himachal Pradesh (INDIA) is yet to take cognizance of the alleged offences against the Karmapa,” the release added.
Media reports on Wednesday had alleged that the Tibetan religious leader’s name, along with nine others, had been included in a chargesheet filed by the police in a case relating to the seizure of foreign currency from a monastery in January.
The Karmapa Office of Administration have maintained that the sum taken away by the authorities from the monastery represented unsolicited donations offered by the followers of Gyalwang Karmapa from around the world to enable the substantial social and spiritual programmes of the Karma Kagyu order.
The Karmapa Office of Administration further clarified that they had sought to acquire clearance from the relevant authorities from as early as 2002 to deposit cash donations under the Foreign Currencies Regulation Act of India, while having diligently recorded and stored the currency on its own premises.
“We have always offered our full cooperation and assistance throughout the investigation,” the Karmapa Office of Administration said in the release while asserting that they have provided the authorities with “complete details and documents pertaining to the case”.
“At no point of time His Holiness was ever called or examined by the investigating agency. His Holiness has no involvement, direct or indirect, in the financial administration of the office or trust,” the Karmapa Office of Administration said in the release.
The 17th Karmapa, who turned 26 this year, has been living in Dharamshala since he made a daring escape from Tibet in 2000 after Chinese authorities increasingly restricted his ability to teach his disciples and to receive transmissions from his lineage teachers.