Cheating Case: Team Anna backs Kiran Bedi

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Anna Hazare and Kiran Bedi
New Delhi, Nov 28: Team Anna defended former IPS officer Kiran Bedi as she was accused in cheating and forgery case.

While addressing a press conference in Ghaziabad, Arvind Kejriwal claimed that the charges against the former IPS officer were false and baseless.

"We provided 370 pages of evidence against the Commonwealth Games accused but the judge found it was not enough to register an FIR. But on a false four-page complaint an FIR was registered against Kiran Bedi," said Kejriwal.

Arvind pointed out that team Anna members are facing false cases only because government was unwilling to tackle corruption and bring a strong lokpal bill in the country.

The Delhi police as directed by a Delhi court have registered a case of cheating and forgery against Team Anna member, Kiran Bedi.

Amit Bansal, Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate directed the Delhi police to register a case against Bedi in 24 hours after a complaint against her was filed by a Delhi-based lawyer, Devinder Singh Chauhan.

According to Chauhan, she had wrongfully looted various state police organisations and paramilitary forces in the name of imparting free computer training through 'Meri Police" under her trust 'India Vision Foundation".

He also said that Bedi got donation of more than Rs 50 lakh from Microsoft that was supposed to give free training to families and children of the personnel of ITBP, BSF, CRPF among other state police organistations.

“Instead of imparting free training or distributing free computers, Kiran Bedi in collusion with some unidentified persons cheated Vedanta Foundation and made a plan to cheat the children of cops and paramilitary forces and police and for this she planned to collect Rs 20,000 per month per training centre," the complaint reads.

“For the purpose of siphoning money for herself, she entered into a donation agreement with Vedanta according to which Rs6,000 out of the total Rs20,000 was to be paid by Vedanta to her two trusts (India Vision Foundation and Navjyoti Foundation) on the false ground that Kiran Bedi had arranged for the land and electricity for the said centre (training centre) for running their activities," the complainant said.

Chauhan also alleged that Bedi was getting huge amount of money from foreign countries for her trust as donation and it should probed by the Enforcement Directorate.

Meanwhile, Bedi was prosecuted for various offences including sections 420 (cheating), 406 (criminal breach of trust), 477A (falsification of accounts) and 120B (criminal conspiracy) of IPC, Chauhan added.

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