Today : Monday - Sep 22, 2014, 01:39am (GMT+5.5)
All News  
Top News
National News
International News
Business News
Sports News
   » Cricket
   » Football
Entertainment News
Sci - Tech
Politics News
Health & Fitness
Gulf News
::| Latest News
News in Pictures

Seemingly unfazed at being ousted from the Asian Athletics Association, scam-tainted Suresh Kalmadi on Monday said losing the presidential re-election bid to Qatar’s Dahlan Jumaan Al-Hamad has actually given him a chance to work at the “grassroots” level.
“I have no issues today and I congratulate Mr Al-Hamad for being elected as President. I am rather relieved that I will be able to work at the grassroots level in athletics,” Mr. Kalmadi said after losing the vote during the ongoing AAA Congress in Pune.

National News

Himachal to drop charges against Karmapa

Tuesday - Apr 24, 2012, 03:55pm (GMT+5.5)
[+] Text [-]

Shimla - In a major relief for Tibetan religious head and the 17th Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje, the Himachal Pradesh government Tuesday decided to drop a criminal case related to the seizure of unaccounted Indian and foreign currency from his monastery.

The Karmapa had been charged under Section 120 B of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) related to conspiracy. Nine others were booked under various sections of the IPC.

"After taking the opinion of the home and law departments, it has been decided under Section 321 (withdrawal of prosecution) of the Code of Criminal Procedure to drop his name from the charge sheet," a senior official of the home department told IANS.

He said the government had directed Una's District Magistrate K.R. Bharti to plead the case in this regard through the district attorney in the local trial court.

The chief judicial magistrate of Una had asked the Karmapa and the nine others to be personally present in court March 6 but he did not appear as he was out of the state.

Tuesday's decision was hailed by the Karmapa's office.

"From the very beginning, we expressed faith in the Indian legal system. We were confident that the truth would prevail," Gonpo Tsering, administrative secretary to the Karmapa, said.

The 26-year-old Karmapa is the spiritual head of the Karma Kagyu school, one of the four sects of Tibetan Buddhism. He joined the Dalai Lama in exile in 2000.

The Karmapa's office based in Dharamsala had moved an application with Bharti to drop the case, stating that he was not directly involved in the currency row. Bharti had sent his request with the comments of the district attorney on the case to the home department for consideration.

A government official associated with the case said the government in its report opined that "the Karmapa is an esteemed religious leader of the Tibetans with a vast following and charging him with conspiracy could hurt the religious sentiments of the people".

He said now the court would take a call on the issue. "Either the court would grant its consent for withdrawing of the case or continue with the trial."

The Karmapa's name was included in the charge sheet filed by police Dec 7, 2011. He was the 10th accused.

Police had Jan 28 last year recovered the currencies of 26 countries, including 120,197 Chinese yuan and around Rs.5.3 million in Indian currency, from the Gyuto Tantric University and Monastery located on the outskirts of Dharamsala, the seat of the Tibetan government-in-exile.

It was after the seizure of Rs.1 crore meant for land purchase that police conducted searches at the monastery and recovered the currency.

Subsequently, seven people were arrested. Among them was the Karmapa's aide Rubgi Chosang, also known as Shakti Lama. All seven are now out on bail.

The Karmapa's office told investigating agencies that the money was collected in donations from followers the world over, including scores who come from Tibet and carry Chinese currency.

Clarifying on including the Karmapa's name in the list of accused, Director General of Police D.S. Manhas had said: "since the Karmapa was heading the (Karmae Garchen) Trust, all financial transactions being carried out by the trust relating to land purchase were in his knowledge".


Rating (Votes: )   

blog comments powered by Disqus

Other Articles:
WHO for enhanced partnership to curb non-communicable diseases (24th Apr, 2012)
South Asia becoming global art hub: Dhaka promoter (24th Apr, 2012)
UP legislators to have 3G connectivity (24th Apr, 2012)
Congress MPs from Telangana suspended from Lok Sabha (24th Apr, 2012)
Rajya Sabha takes up bill to include disabled in RTE (24th Apr, 2012)
Goa hosted 2.68 million tourists in 2011-12 (24th Apr, 2012)
Race to Raisina Hill: Lalu backs Hamid Ansari as presidential candidate (24th Apr, 2012)
Sukma Collector's abduction: Chhattisgarh Govt. names mediators (24th Apr, 2012)
Sikh leaders want Manmohan-led Congress Government at Center to quit (24th Apr, 2012)
Lok Sabha adjourned till noon (24th Apr, 2012)
Krishna welcomes end of Norway custody row (24th Apr, 2012)
Maoists menace tops BJP agenda ahead of parliament session (24th Apr, 2012)
Maoists claim abducted collector's health critical, demand medical help (24th Apr, 2012)
Norway custody row ends; children arrive in India (24th Apr, 2012)
Deported French nationals had no Maoist links, says NGO (24th Apr, 2012)
BSF seizes 12 kg of heroin on Punjab border (24th Apr, 2012)
Bihar hikes financial help for kala azar patients (24th Apr, 2012)
Anganwadi workers' pay may go up again (24th Apr, 2012)
RJD pitches for Ansari as president (24th Apr, 2012)
Six more killed in cracker shop blast in Uttar Pradesh (24th Apr, 2012)
Storm over Telangana, price rise disrupts Lok Sabha (24th Apr, 2012)
Storm over Telangana, price rise disrupts Lok Sabha (24th Apr, 2012)
Muslim youth in India dissociate from terror: Sufi cleric (24th Apr, 2012)
Apex court sets aside high court order indicting Bidari (24th Apr, 2012)
US opens 'American Corner' in Uttar Pradesh (24th Apr, 2012)

Contact Us | Advertise with Us | Privacy Policy | Disclaimer | Terms of Use