As reported here at the time, charges against His Holiness the 17th Karmapa were dropped by Indian authorities in late April. Now, His Holiness’s Office of Administration has released what should serve as a final statement in the matter:
“The Karmapa Office of Administration is very happy to confirm that the name of His Holiness the Karmapa has now been officially dropped from the charge made against him.
“His Holiness the Karmapa’s position as a exemplary spiritual leader has never been more evident than during this trying period. His tranquility and focus has been steadfast, and his total faith in the fairness of the Indian judicial system remains unshaken.
“Upon receiving the welcome news, His Holiness the Karmapa said, “I am happy that the charges has been laid to rest by the Himachal Pradesh Government and through the judicial procedure of democratic India. I am very grateful to the Government of India for giving me and hundreds of thousands of Tibetans asylum in this great country in our time of need. India has been my home for almost half of my life. Upholding the integrity of the historic relationship of our two countries is of utmost importance to me.”
“The deputy General Secretary for the Karmapa Office of Administration, Karma Chungyalpa, said, “We have maintained all along that the allegations against His Holiness were baseless. His Holiness has never been involved in financial administration or monetary matters as is true for all great spiritual masters. We are very relieved today and thank the Himachal Pradesh Government and court for this very judicious decision. We also express our deep gratitude to the many well wishers who have supported His Holiness during this ordeal.”