Himachal Chief Minister: No ‘clean chit’ yet for Karmapa

Exile Tibetan Buddhists hold placards and photographs of their third most important leader Ugyen Thinley Dorje, the 17th Karmapa, as they take part in a candlelight vigil in Bangalore, India, Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2011. Thousands of followers of Karmapa are

A day after the state Chief secretary Rajwant Sandhu had ruled out the involvement of the Karmapa in any financial irregularities following the police seizure of foreign currencies from his transit home at Gyuto Tantric University, Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal of Himachal Pradesh has said Feb 12 that his government was in no position to give a ‘clean chit’ to the prominent Tibetan Buddhist leader.

“There is no question of giving a clean chit to anyone. Our investigation is still on, and in fact it will be taken to a logical end. We neither have named Karmapa as an accused nor given him a clean chit as such,” he told the Indian Express over the phone from Dharamshala, where currently he is on an official tour.

Dhumal said the investigating agencies – both central and state are doing their job to find out the truth with in-depth investigation. The IANS news service quoted Dhumal as saying, "Central and state investigating agencies are conducting the probe. Once the probe is complete, we will be in a position to comment."

Some information for this report was provided by Indian Express and IANS