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New Delhi: The war of words between team Anna and the government reached a new low on Sunday with the Congress calling him “corrupt” and Hazare openly daring the Congress to prove the allegations labelled against him. Anna Hazare vowed to continue his fast from August 16 till the charges are proved wrong, even if civil society's version of Lokpal bill is cleared in the Parliament.
In its sharpest attack ever against team Anna, Congress spokesperson Manish Tewari termed the Anna Hazare-led civil society “A-Company”. Alleging that Anna was involved in corruption himself, he said, Justice PB Sawant Commission had ripped apart the "moral core" of Hazare as it "found him steeped in corruption from head to toe" and asked him to clarify its "serious findings" against him and his trusts before launching the agitation.
It should be noted that the Maharashtra state government had instituted a Commission of Inquiry under Justice Sawant in September 2003 to inquire into the corruption charges levelled by Hazare in 2003 against four ministers in the then Maharashtra government and also allegations of irregularities against Trusts run by him.
The Commission submitted its report on February 22, 2005 in which it criticised Hind Swaraj Trust for spending Rs 2.20 lakhs of its funds on the birthday celebrations of Hazare finding it to be a "corrupt" practice. It also indicted Sant Yadavbaba Shikshan Prasarak Mandal, a trust with which Hazare is associated with since its inception in 1980 for committing "illegalities" in its audits.
Responding to the allegations of the Congress party which had cited the report of Sawant Committee, Anna said, “All charges against me are baseless. If they can, let them prove it.”
“The government has already targeted other civil society members of the drafting committee on Lokpal Bill. I was the only one left. But, finally they have not spared me also”, he said.
"I am challenging the government to lodge an FIR against me and conduct an inquiry. I am not afraid of any inquiry", he said.
01) The Gentlemen who are now accusing of Anna of corruption has kept quite since 2005 when the Report was submitted!
02) If there was any prima facie evidence, long back they would have prosecuted Him!!
03) Even now they can file an FIR and prosecute Anna Hazare and that is not going to diminish the support he would get for his present campaign!!!
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