A HIGH-RANKING Tibetan lama has been accused by New Delhi of anti-Indian activities and has been effectively banned from entering India. The order appears to be an indirect criticism of the Dalai Lama, who this year declared strong support for the lama. It could also indicate a change in India's policy towards the Tibetan leader and his 130,000 followers in exile. The Indian Government has always been supportive of the Dalai Lama and it is not known to have criticised him, even indirectly, in the past. The banned lama, Tai Situ Rimpoche, is ranked second or third on the Kagyua school, one of the four seats of Tibetan Buddhism, and has lived for more than 30 years in Sikkim, now a northeast Indian province. He recently returned from China where he negotiated with the Chinese authorities to bring a Tibetan child, recognised as a reincarnate lama by the Dalai Lama, to India. The official restriction order, issued two weeks ago but only learnt about last week, says that Situ Rimpoche cannot enter India without direct clearance from India's Home Ministry because of his 'anti-India activities'. The lama, who is internationally regarded as a leading exponent of Buddhist philosophy with thousands of students in Asian and Western countries, has issued a strong statement declaring his innocence and re-affirming his loyalty to India. Situ Rimpoche, who is currently travelling in Eastern Asia giving Buddhist teachings, confirmed that the order existed, but said he had not received any official notification. 'I know that this order exists, but I don't know at what level it has been signed and I don't believe it can have been issued with the full knowledge of the Indian Government,' he said. 'It must be a misunderstanding.' The lama, who has lived in India as a refugee since he fled from Tibet as a child, stressed his allegiance to India, which he described as his second home. Situ Rimpoche said he had no idea what the allegations were based on and stressed that his recent trips to China and Tibet had been purely connected to his religious duties, which have been widely publicised. 'I can assure you that I have no political involvement with any government whatsoever,' he stated. His visit to China and Tibet were carried out after consultation with the Indian authorities and the Dalai Lama. 'Both seemed perfectly happy about my trips,' he said. Indian Home Ministry officials said that they would not give a public comment on the affair until this week but have confirmed the existence of the restriction order. Speaking from his headquarters in India last week, Kalon Tenzin Tethong, Chief Minister of the exiled Tibetan Government said: 'We have approached the relevant Indian officials and expressed our concerns.' He added that his Government had not received any explanation as to the allegations made against Situ Rimpoche. 'I am totally unaware that he is involved in anything that could be considered anti-Indian and I think it is very unlikely.'