Supreme Court notice to Anna Hazare on corruption charges

By- Correspondent | Date- October 18, 2011

The Supreme Court of India yesterday issued notice to Anna Hazare on a petition seeking a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probe into the alleged corruption charge.

The charges were regarding alleged misappropriation of funds from the Hind Swaraj trust run by Hazare. In addition, charges the same notice were also sent to the Maharashtra State Government as well as the Central Government.

The notice was sent by an apex court bench of Justices Aftab Alam and Ranjana Desai based on a public interest litigation filed by lawyer Manohar Lal Sharma. It was sent by.

The petitioner is reported to have claimed that the alleged case is a clear case of fraud, criminal breach of trust upon the state treasury played by Hazare and his associates. It was also accused in spite of having the Sawant Commission report of 2005, which revealed the true facts; state and central governments has taken no action till date.

It is to be mentioned that former Supreme Court Judge Justice P B Sawant had held Hazare responsible for misappropriation of funds from the Hind Swaraj trust run by him and the commission in its report to the case had concluded that Hazare was guilty of corrupt practices. There were also several accuses that Hind Swaraj Trust of Anna Hazare is un-registered but he has shown it to be as registered. There are also allegations that Anna has been receiving money illegally through this trust.

The same Commission Report had also stated that some of the workers of Hazare’s Bhrastachar Virodhi Janandolan Trust were using their power in anti-social activities such as extortion of money and blackmailing by threatening to expose corruption through use of RTI.

On the other hand, Anna’s supporters and activities were quick to stand for their leader. Activist Medha Patkar claimed that Anna was an honest man and that she had faced similar experiences during the Narmada Bachao Andolan

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