Why Anna is angry with Kejriwal

Cheating case against several IAC leaders could be the reason.

Written by Aditi Vatsa | New Delhi | Published:November 19, 2013 1:26 am

The trigger behind Anna Hazare’s letter to Arvind Kejriwal,complaining about the use of his name during the Aam Aadmi Party’s campaign for Delhi Assembly elections,seems to have come from a court case. On October 24,a city court had directed Delhi Police to give an action taken report in a case against India Against Corruption (IAC) movement leaders including Anna Hazare,Arvind Kejriwal and Kiran Bedi,among others.

The case had been filed by Rumal Singh,vice-president of an AAP splinter group,Bharatiya Aam Aadmi Parivar (BAAP),accusing the IAC leaders of cheating customers by selling “Anna SMS cards” but discontinuing the service within a month.

Sources close to Hazare confirmed this,stating that he was worried about the case and his letter to Kejriwal could be a result of this. He felt that the case might create trouble for him,they said.

During the IAC movement,SMS cards had been launched under Anna Hazare’s name. Aimed at giving information about the campaign for one year,the cards were priced around Rs 25. The complainant in the case alleged that the card services were discontinued after 25 days. “Around four crore cards had been sold and each card was for Rs 25. This a fraud of about Rs 100 crore,” BAAP spokesperson Ashok Arora alleged.

Hazare,in his letter to Kejriwal,alleged that his permission was not taken for issuing cards under his name. “Because the cards bear my name,if anyone goes to the court then I can also be made an accused. Appearing in the court as an accused without any reason is very disrespectful for me. Collecting funds for elections is your business,but using my name for this is not right,” Hazare’s letter read.

Kejriwal’s reply to Hazare states that the AAP has nothing to do with Anna cards. It says the cards had been issued in Februrary 2012 during the Jan Lokpal movement,after Hazare’s permission. Kejriwal’s letter reads,“The funds collected by selling the cards has been mentioned clearly in the audit reports of Public Cause Research Foundation. Long before the party was formed,the sale of Anna cards had been stopped. We had refunded the money to those who had unused cards.”

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