Shimla : Tibetan spiritual leader the 17 th Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje on Tuesday did not appear personally in a court in Una town of Himachal Pradesh .
But his attorney has appeared on his behalf seeking exemption of the 26 year old spiritual guru in connection with a seizure of a huge amount of foreign currency in his monastery in Dharamsala a year ago.
“We have applied for the exemption of his appearance in court as the Karmapa is in Bodh Gaya presiding over an import religious function(puja),” Narender Pal Singh his attorney told the Hill Post by phone .
Distancing himself from the case Singh said the Karmapa said the chargesheet is mainly against the people who are involved in selling land to the Karmae Garchen Trust for cheating and forgery .
“The Karmapa has not even been served the court summons so far,” Singh claimed .
“Even though the Karmapa heads the trust he has never attended even a single meeting which involves building a permanent structure in Dharamsala ,” he said .
“Nor has he played any administrative, financial or management role . These duties are held by his administrative office , ” he said .
“The Karmapa has expressed his feelings of hurt , he has also said that he has great faith in the Indian judicial system and has the highest respect for the democratic values of this country,” Singh said .
Singh also added that the management trustee applied for bail in court Tuesday .
A charge sheet was filed by the state police against him in December last year .The chief judicial magistrate in the town of Una had asked the Karmapa and nine others(including his aides) to appear personally in court on March 6 .
The Karmapa has been charged under penal provisions related to conspiracy .
A year ago the Himachal Pradesh police recovered Indian and foreign currencies including 120,197 Chinese yuan .
The Karmapa is the spiritual head of the Karma Kagyu school, one of the four sects of Tibetan Buddhism. He fled Tibet in 2000 and has been living in Dharamsala since then under the wing of the Dalai Lama .
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