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Virbhadra slams HP govt for 'leaking' probe details

February 11, 2011

Nagendar Sharma, Hindustan Times
New Delhi, February 07, 2011

Union minister and former chief minister of Himachal Pradesh, Virbhadra
Singh, on Monday slammed the state police for "leaking details of
investigations" regarding the alleged seizure of foreign currency from
the monastery of the Karmapa Lama. "The HP government did not handle the
matter properly.

It failed in its duty to handle such a delicate matter," said Singh, the
minister for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises. Singh added it was
wrong to brand anyone as a Chinese agent even before the probe in the
case was complete. "It is unfair to do such branding when the probe is
still going on. Let us all not forget that the Karmapa has been
recognised by the Dalai Lama," the minister said. Asked whether he was
defending the Karmapa, Singh replied: "I have never met him in my life
and it is not a question of defending anyone. I don’t know about the
charges against him, which need to be probed. My point is the issue has
been unnecessarily sensationalised."

Karmapa Lama, the third highest-ranking Tibetan religious leader after
the Dalai Lama and the Panchen Lama, has been in the eye of storm
following the recovery of currency worth nearly Rs7 crore from his
premises. The 25-year-old, whose real name is Ogyen Trinely Dorje and is
widely tipped to replace the aging Dalai Lama, is also facing
allegations of having links with China.
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