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Unaware of Centre's clean chit to Karmapa: HP govt

March 01, 2011 16:42 IST
The Himachal Pradesh government on Tuesday said it has not received any information from the Centre regarding any 'clean chit' given to Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorji in connection with the recovery of foreign currency.

"We have come to know from the media reports that the Centre has given a clean chit to Karmapa but we have not received any official intimation from the Union government," Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal said while replying to a question during Question Hour in the state assembly. He said that neither the Centre is under any obligation to inform the state about it nor is it desirable on the part of the state to seek any information.

The state government would not ask the Centre about it but the Union government can part with relevant information if it wished to do so, he added.

Dhumal told the House that seven persons, Sanjog Dutt, Ashutosh, Shakti Lama, Karma Kunke Khampa, Rinzin Wango, K P Bharadwaj and D K Dhar have been arrested in connection with recovery of the foreign currency. The CM said that foreign currencies of 24 countries, including China and the United States, had been recovered during the raids by the security agencies at Guyto monastery complex.

Besides 12,01,97 Chinese Yuan, USD 6,47,396 and 6900 UD dollars, travellers' cheques, 6,42,740 Hongkong dollars, 742,900 Taiwanese dollars, 4,21,892 Nepalese rupees and Indian currency worth Rs 53,65,265, the currencies of Singapore, Australia, United Kingdom, Bhutan, Indonesia, Germany and some other countries had been recovered during the raids, he said.