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Panel set up on Dalai's proposal

March 27, 2011

Naresh Kumar Sharma, TNN | Mar 22, 2011, 07.56am IST

DHARAMSHALA: The exiled Tibetan parliamentcurrently debating the issue of Dalai Lama's formal proposal to retire from his political duties has formed a committee to look into the matter.

The panel members are de facto prime minister of Tibet Samdhong Rinpoche, deputy speaker of the Tibetan parliament-in-exile Dolma Gyar and one parliamentarian. After studying his proposal in detail, the committee would submit the report to parliament on March 23 outlining how to move on this important matter entwined with future of Tibetans. The ongoing budget session of the exiled Tibetan parliament would conclude on March 25.

The Tibetan assembly would have to decide that whether the matter be referred to either select committee or it would be taken care of by the 15th parliament for which elections were held on Sunday.

A parliamentarian also said that some of the members of the outgoing parliament wanted absolute redrafting of the charter of Tibetans (constitution) to pave the way for transition of Dalai Lama's authorityto the new elected leadership in smooth manner. The Dalai Lama had asked the Tibetans to accept his decision to retire from political duties.

Meanwhile, in the Karmapa case, Rubi Chosang alias Shakti Lama appeared before theEnforcement Directorate (ED) Chandigarh on Monday pertaining to the investigation in the recovery of huge haul of foreign currency from the monastery at Sidhbarri about eight kilometres from Dharamshala during the raids conducted by the state police. The police had raided the premises of the Gyutso monas-tery at Sidhbari in January raising suspicions about 17th Karmapa, Ogyene Trinley Dorjee, suspected Chinese links.

Sources said Chosang was questioned about the financial transactions and management of the money at the monastery.

Earlier, monastery officials had also deposited $1,50,000 with the ED on Thursday. The Karmapa was currently away to Bodh Gaya in connection with teachings. The monastery had all along maintained that the money found had been offerings and donations made by devotees visiting from various parts of the world.

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