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Anna SMS cards: Court seeks fresh action taken report

The complainant and others had purchased the Anna cards 'voluntarily'.

Written by Aneesha Mathur | New Delhi |
December 1, 2013 2:06:59 am

Not satisfied with the action taken report (ATR) submitted by police on a complaint against Team Anna and India Against Corruption for allegedly cheating the public by terminating the Anna SMS cards service in advance,a city court on Saturday directed police to file a detailed ATR within 10 days on the role of the accused.

The one-page ATR,filed by the Parliament Street police on Saturday,said the complainant and others had purchased the Anna cards “voluntarily” and nobody has been “induced” by IAC and its team leaders. Police also sought more time to file a proper ATR,claiming that there had been some confusion in determining the police station that would investigate the case.

The ATR had been filed on a complaint by Rumal Singh of the Bharatiya Aam Aadmi Parivar (BAAP),a group that claims to have been associated with the India Against Corruption (IAC) movement earlier.

The complaint had accused Arvind Kejriwal,Manish Sisodia,Kumar Vishwas,Sanjay Singh,Gopal Rai,Anna Hazare,Kiran Bedi and service providers Mindsarray Tech Pvt Ltd (Mumbai) and Netcore Solutions Pvt Ltd of cheating the public.

The complainant alleged that over four crore cards were sold for Rs 25 each,which were supposed to work for one year for receiving text messages regarding Anna’s movement. Singh had alleged that the service was discontinued after just 25 days,and claimed that there had been a fraud of around Rs 100 crore.

“It is further submitted that the complainant and other volunteers of the movement have purchased the said Anna cards voluntarily. Nobody has been induced by the IAC and its team leaders,” the ATR read.

The IAC started selling these SMS cards from the last week of February last year in the World Book Fair at Pragati Maidan.

“On initial enquiry,it came into notice that the offence took place at World Book Fair,Pragati Maidan… falls in the jurisdiction of PS Tilak Marg… the complaint of Rumal Singh has been transferred to PS Tilak Marg,New Delhi for necessary enquiry on October 21,2013,” the report said.

Metropolitan Magistrate Akash Jain has now fixed the matter for December 10 and asked police to file a detailed ATR on the criminal complaint.

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