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Agnivesh hits back: Kejriwal siphoned off Rs 80 lakh

Last updated on: October 22, 2011 20:57 IST

Agnivesh hits back: Kejriwal siphoned off Rs 80 lakh

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Activist Swami Agnivesh on Saturday alleged that Team Anna member Arvind Kejriwal had siphoned off over Rs 80 lakh, donated by people for Anna Hazare's agitation, by diverting it to a trust run by him.

"All the donations which were made for India Against Corruption were diverted to the Public Cause Research Foundation run by Kejriwal," he said.

Agnivesh alleged that Kejriwal had delayed the opening of a bank account in the name of IAC.


Image: RTI activist Arvind Kejriwal, Anna Hazare, former IPS officer Kiran Bedi and social activist Swami Agnivesh in happier times

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Kejriwal could not be reached for comments and there was no reply to a text message sent to him.

Agnivesh was ousted from Team Anna following the surfacing of a video clip, during the activist's fast in August, in which he was purportedly shown asking a person to deal strongly with the crusader.

He said Hazare had himself asked Kejriwal to put the details of donations received by them online.


Image: Swami Agnivesh

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'Lakhs were donated. Where has it gone'

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"Lakhs and lakhs of rupees were donated. Where has it all gone," Agnivesh asked.

On being questioned about how he arrived at this figure of over Rs 80 lakh, he said one of the organisers had announced in Ramlila Maidan that they had already received Rs 50 lakh and urged against more donations.

"Even after this, they (Team Anna) received donations," he alleged.


Image: Arvind Kejriwal with Anna Hazare

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