Court Grants Karmapa's Exemption From Appearance

Court Grants Karmapa's Exemption From Appearance
In a relief to Buddhist spiritual leader Ogyen Trinley Dorje, a local court today granted him exemption from personal appearance in the foreign currency seizure case.

Judicial Magistrate, Una, Kanika Chawla granted the permission after Karmapa's counsel approached the court today.

Narendra Pal Singh, lawyer of the Karmapa's office of administration, pleaded that Karmappa has not received the summon and he was appearing suo moto as reports have appeared in the press that he was avoiding the notice.

"We moved the application on the basis of media reports that the Karmapa was evading the notice which was not true," he said.

He also told the court that Karmappa was away from his home for religious preachings.

Accepting the plea, the court set August 4 as next dare of hearing.

The Chief Judicial Magistrate had asked the Karmapa and nine others, including his aides, to appear personally in the court on March 6.

The Una Police had filed the charge sheet against Karmapa and nine others on December 7, 2011 but the notice could not be served on Karmappa as he was away to Bodh Gaya for religious preachings.

The Karmapa has been charged under section 120B of IPC for conspiracy while nine others including Karmappa's close aide, Rubgi Chosang, alias Shakti Lama were charge-sheeted in connection with recovery of currency of 26 countries worth about Rs 7 million from Gyuto Tantric University and Karmae Garchen Trust of Karmappa by the police on January 28 last year.

The Karmapa is the spiritual head of the Karma Kagyu school, one of the four sects of Tibetan Buddhism.
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