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Monday, August 15, 2011

CONGRESS SMEAR CAMPAIGN: Sawant Commission didn't term Anna corrupt - Lawyer!


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ibnlive.in.com / Press Trust Of India / Posted on Aug 14, 2011 at 11:33pm IST.

Pune: Amidst Congress accusing social activist Anna Hazare of corruption citing Justice PB Sawant Commission report, his lawyer said the Commission did not hold the Gandhian guilty of any wrongdoings.

Justice PB Sawant who had investigated the complaints against Hazare's Hind Swaraj Trust had remarked about "irregularities" in submission of accounts and not held him guilty of any "corrupt" practices, Hazare's lawyer Milind Pawar said in a statement.

Sawant, whose probe found that an amount of Rs 2.2 lakh was diverted from Hazare's trust for his birthday celebrations, has said this action amounted to "corruption".

Pawar said when a US-based NGO Care International announced an award for Hazare, it was decided to felicitate him on June 16, 1998, coinciding with his 61st birthday.

"Abhay Phirodia, a Pune-based industrialist took the initiative to organise the function and remitted an amount of Rs 2,48,950 to the trust by cheque soon after the function for which the trust had spent Rs 2.18 lakh," he said.

Pawar said after the report of Justice Sawant was released in 2003, a complaint was filed with Pune police on December 9, 2005.

Police, in their report submitted to the court, stated there was no evidence of corruption on part of Hazare, the lawyer claimed.

In a World where there are always people who attribute motives to those who expose corruption, we shouldn't be surprised that maligning campaigners do not care for any proof or evidence to throw mud on almost anyone!


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