Even as the central government of India moved quickly to contain the damage brought about by renegade Himachal Pradesh chief minister Prem Kumar Dhumal's unilateral shakedown of the Karmapa -- national police are now seizing records of the state police -- the wild-eyed politician was demonstrating his personal disdain for Indian democracy. India's Daily News Agency led with the following story this morning:
"While central agencies, including the enforcement directorate (ED) and the income-tax authorities, have taken over investigations into the alleged illegal collection of foreign currency by the 17th Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje, a tug of war has begun between the Centre and the Himachal government over the question of giving asylum to him.
Himachal chief minister Prem Kumar Dhumal said the Centre did not care to ask the state before “making him settle down in Himachal Pradesh."
“It is now the Centre’s responsibility if the Karmapa is indulging in any anti-national activities, the chief minister said. Whether he is a Chinese spy or not, it is for the Union home ministry to ascertain. The state would not let any illegal activities carry on,” Dhumal said.
He said the US and the Chinese currency recovered from the monastery was in a particular series which clearly indicated that it was not an offering.
A spokesperson of the monastery claimed that for the past eight years they had been informing the Centre about the donations and offerings made by devotees. “But there has been no word from the Centre on the manner the money should be accounted for,” he added.
Meanwhile, an ED team seized records from the state police regarding the foreign cash recovery from the premises of the Karmapa.
The income-tax authorities and intelligence agencies joined the Himachal Police in investigation of the Karmapa case.
The police also carried out a search at the residence of Gompa Shering, Karmapa’s private secretary. According to sources, the police recovered $4,275 and small amounts in Euro and Canadian dollars."
Dhumal, who is often photographed crudely gesticulating in the presence of legitimate world leaders, such as His Holiness the Dalai Lama, typically likes to portray himself to a certain envious, poorly-educated, rural element of his Northern Indian constituency as someone who "lays down the law to Tibetans." However, with his latest blast, he now positions himself as someone squarely against not only His Holiness the Karmapa, but India's central government.
Meanwhile, as the story unfolds, investigators in California are taking a hard look at holdings the Himachal Pradesh politician may have in the United States, and word is -- they are in fluent communication with the central government Prem Kumar Dhumal now offends.
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