Anna SMS cards: Court seeks police report by November 30

The complainant alleged that Anna SMS cards sold by IAC to update people about the campaign had been discontinued before the expiry date.

Written by D K RITURAJ | New Delhi | Published:October 25, 2013 5:51 am

A city court on Thursday asked the Delhi Police to submit a report on the action taken in a case in which Anna Hazare and former members of the India Against Corruption (IAC) movement have been accused of cheating customers by selling ‘Anna SMS cards’ and discontinuing the service before the expiry date.

The complaint in the case was filed by Rumal Singh,a Delhi resident who alleged that members of IAC,in collusion with private companies,had sold the cards to more than four crore people and earned Rs 100 crore.

The SMS cards were launched last year to update its subscribers about the IAC campaign. The cards were sold for Rs 25 each and were valid for a year.

However,Singh alleged that within a month of purchasing the cards,the service was discontinued without any convincing reason provided by the members of the group.

According to Singh,the cards were used as a scheme to finance the IAC movement since the campaign was under a cash crunch.

The petition also alleged that former IAC member and leader of the Aam Aadmi Party Arvind Kejriwal was informed about the disruption of services. However,he had not taken any steps to restart the services,the petition mentioned.

Metropolitan Magistrate Akash Jain directed the station house officer at Parliament Street police station to submit the action taken report in the case on November 30.

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