October 21, 2011 2:40:42 am
Former IPS officer and Team Annas Kiran Bedi claimed today that she was only trying to save money to educate children when she claimed full air fare in many cases,even Business class from her hosts while buying Economy at 75% discount thanks to her police gallantry medal.
At least one host put its foot down.
Referring to the The Indian Express report,Chhattisgarh,an evening newspaper,today reported on how in January this year,Bedi was invited by Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan,Raipur,to attend the annual day function of its school R K Sharda Mandir and deliver a lecture on Probity In Public Life.
O P Singhania,the secretary of the Bhavan and its accountant as well,told The Indian Express that Bedis office asked for full Business class fare.
Meanwhile,Hanumant Yadav,a senior professor at the Hidayatullah National Law University in Raipur,who is also a member of the governing body of the Bhavan,invited Bedi to visit the law university to deliver a lecture the same day.
Since she was in town,we thought why not call her to the university. And because the Bhavan was paying her fare,we thought she would not charge from us, said a university official.
But Bedis office asked for Business class fare from the university too,said an official. Because Yadav was both with the Bhavan and the university,he alerted both.
The university told us that she was charging from them also. They told us that either we pay or you pay, Singhania told The Indian Express. In the end,the university paid her fare.
Thats not all. Her office claimed Business class fare even though the flight that she used had only Economy class,said a university official. We had to decline the Business class request and we paid her Economy fare, he said.
According to the report in Chhattisgarh,her office had asked for Rs 30,000. She was eventually paid not more than Rs 9,000-10,000 by the university, added Singhania.
Asked why her office had approached both the Bhavan and the university and asked each to pay for what was the same journey,Bedi told The Indian Express: No one has claimed (anything). Every thing is offered,the invitees invite and offer. And anything saved is ploughed into the (India Vision) Foundation (her NGO) for causes. So what is the issue? Who is the beneficiary? Not me. Its back to causes. I donate all my book royalties,writing honorariums,award moneys,speaker fees and more. And most of all my time and energy… (I) choose to travel to reach out for the larger good.
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