A petition was today filed in the Delhi High Court seeking removal of Anna Hazare from the drafting committee of Lokpal Bill alleging he was found guilty of corruption relating to the administration of a trust run by him.
The PIL filed by an NGO, National Anti-corruption Public Power, alleged a judicial inquiry led by former Supreme Court Judge Justice P B Sawant held Hazare responsible for misappropriation of Rs two lakh from the Hind Swaraj trust run by him.
The alleged misappropriation of fund had occured during the celebration of Hazare’s birthday at his village Ralegaon-Siddhi in Maharashtra, according to the PIL.
The petition said Justice Sawant had, in his report, concluded that “there had indeed been misappropriation of Rs 2 lakh from the Hind Swaraj trust amounting to corruption – to celebrate Anna’s birthday in his village Ralegaon-Siddhi”.
“After detailed inquiry, the Commission had in its report submitted in 2005 specifically given its finding that Hazare was guilty of corrupt practices (involving misadministration of one of his trusts),” the NGO alleged.
According to the petition, the “Commission’s report says that some of the workers of Hazare’s Bhrastachar Virodhi Janandolan Trust were abusing the platform for anti social activities such as extortion of money and blackmailing (by threatening to expose corruption through use of RTI)”
The Commission was set-up in 2003 to inquire into allegations levelled by Anna Hazare against certain ministers, which, after allegations by one Sureshdada Jain had to inquire against Hazare’s trust’s and NGO’s as well.
“Apart from the Commission’s report, the petitioner claims to have obtained “certified information from relevant department that one of the trusts (Hind Swaraj Trust) of Anna Hazare is un-registered but he has shown it to be as registered long back and has been receiving money illegally,” claims the NGO president Hemant Baburao Patil.
The petition also claims Hazare was once prosecuted and sent to jail by a minister in a defamation case though he was released within one day.
I knew it before hand that such allegations would be made against him and will keep on hunting him as long as he presued a noble task in Nation Building. Remember, all have sinned and come short of the glory of God, but one in God will always be in majority. Just imagine fellow Indian, if he accomplish in what he is doing what will he gain? and what is the gain of this Nation the land of Mahatma? There is a strong element to derailed the whole issues and we should not be carried away with such elements.
its the mentality of indian government that if any one wanted to change the systems or anything then that person has to go through many difficulty path as the corrupted people will do anything to remove that person
I am galad to read all these comments on this topic, but I am fully agree with Arup Ji That this act is not anna Hazare's Act , this act is for all indians and all currept people will be punished, if anna is currept then he should be punished according to law. noone is above the Law . please co-operate for making this law & strictly implimentation of this act.
Judicial systems are highly corrupted, so we want JOHN-LOKPAL BILL , nothing else, government were /will trying tocame/ come to stop "lokpal bill " intentionaly as they were/ will support "CORRUPTIONS" in every instance, "used as bad in motives"... people will fight against of these... fight are very hard but necessary to get relief.