Gangtok (Agencies): Welcoming the clean chit given to Karmapa Ogyen Trinley by the Centre in foreign currency haul case, a representation of 18 Buddhist organizations of Sikkim, on Saturday jointly welcomed the Centre’s action.

The Karmapa Reception Committee and Joint Action Committee on Saturday appreciated the clean chit.

During a press conference here, general secretary of the Karmapa Reception Committee K T Bhutia expressed their gratitude to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi, Home Minister P Chidambaram and Home Secretary G K Pillai "for laying to rest all allegations levelled against the Karmapa".

Appealing to the central government to allow the Karmapa to visit Sikkim and take his "rightful place" at Rumtek, JAC president Kunzang Sherpa commended the Home Secretary’s 'understanding' of the 'very innocent' nature of the financial oversight of the Karmapa’s managers "born out of ignorance".

The speakers said a delegation of the organizations would also soon call on Chief Minister Pawan Chamling to pursue with the central government about the Karmapa's visit to Sikkim.

The Centre on February 16 is understood to have given a clean chit to the Karmapa in the case relating to the huge foreign currency haul from his house saying the money had come in the form of donations and offerings by devotees.

This was the conclusion arrived by the central government after its agencies probed the case following the recovery of foreign currency to the tune of Rs 7.5 crore from the Gyuto Monastery, the transit home of the Karmapa, in Himachal Pradesh.