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karmapa-bodhgya-2012Dharamshala: - The Central Tibetan Administration Thursday, April 26 thanked the Government of Himachal Pradesh for withdrawing case against His Holiness the 17th Gyalwa Karmapa Rinpoche.

"The Kashag of the Central Tibetan Administration (CTA) welcomes the Himachal Pradesh State government's decision to withdraw the criminal case pending against the 17th Gyalwa Karmapa Ugyen Trinley Dorjee," Secretary for Information CTA Tashi said in a statement.

"The Kashag would like to thank all the relevant authorities for making this just decision," the secretary Tashi stated.

"The exile Tibetan community is a law abiding community and respects the law of the country they are living in," Tashi further added.

"The Central Tibetan Administration would also like to reiterate its appeal to the Tibetan people to uphold the Indian law," the statement said.

According to media reports, the Himachal Pradesh government had on Tuesday, April 24 decided to drop the name of His Holiness Karmapa Rinpoche from the chargesheet in the foreign and Indian currency recovery case, on the request of the Tibetan Religious head.

"The government, in exercise of its power under section 321 (withdrawal of prosecution) of CrPC, decided to delete the name of Karmapa from the chargesheet after getting the matter examined by the Home and Law departments," an official spokesman told Press Trust of India Yesterday.

His Holiness the 17th Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorjee was recognized by the spiritual leader of Tibet, His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama. He has contributed mightily to the development of Buddhism in Tibet in the 1990's, including rebuilding the Tsurphu Monastery, the main seat of the Karmapas that was completely destroyed during the 10-year Cultural Revolution in 1966, launched by Mao Tse Tung, the communist dictator of China.

Age of 14, he was eventually forced to leave Tibet at the end of 1999, and arrived in India on Jan 5, 2000. According to media reports, Born in Lhatho Township, Chamdho county, eastern Tibet, to primarily nomadic parents had felt that he was unable to obtain in Tibet under Chinese rule the specialized instruction he needed to complete his studies and to realize his full spiritual authority.

His Holiness is now temporarily living in Gyuto Monastery, a Tibetan Tantric University based near Dharamshala, where he is receiving the full lineage transmissions and benefiting his Buddhist followers from across the world. Thousands of Tibetans, Indians, Nepalese, Bhutanese, Asians, and westerners visit His Holiness every year.

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