New Delhi, Jan 29 (Jagran News Network): Ugyen Trinley Dorje, the 17th Karmapa, a possible successor to the Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama, was questioned by Indian intelligence agencies after suspicions arose of him of being a Chinese agent.

The Karmapa, who is reportedly under house arrest in Dharamsala, was questioned by the officials of the Income Tax department, Enforcement Directorate and RAW.

However an official of the Monastery, who refused to comment on the matter was quoted as saying, “I have the right to silence, don’t force me.”

Another official of Karmapa Monastery earlier said, "Police is questioning me. You will know the truth. We are consulting our legal experts and later in the day we will issue a proper statement… but as of now, our priority is to cooperate fully with the investigating agency."

The Indian police had raided the monastery of Dorje over illegal funds which were reportedly meant to build China friendly Tibetan institutions.

Media reports quoting Indian Intelligence agencies had also claimed that the Karmapa may be part of a Chinese plan to control monasteries along the Sino-Indian border.

Police had come across a "big quantity of cash" in the raid on the monastery of the Karmapa Lama, who a decade ago fled Tibet for Dharamsala.

Reportedly, foreign currency valued at over Rs six crore were found during the search operation. These currencies were of 25 countries including China, Taiwan, Japan, South Korea, the UK, the US, Australia, Thailand, Vietnam and Germany. The seized amount includes 11 lakh in Chinese Yuan, 6 lakh in US dollar and Rs 30 lakh

Shakti Lama, an aide to the Karmapa Lama was held by police.

Responding on the matter, Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal said, “It is a very serious matter… I will raise the issue with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and the Home Ministry.”

(With inputs from agencies)