Narayana Murthy refuses to help Arvind Kejriwal financially

Murthy says no to Kejriwal

Bangalore, Nov 6: In a major setback for social activist-turned-politician Arvind Kejriwal, the founder of Infosys, Narayana Murthy showed him the door when Kejriwal had approached him seeking financial aid.

In his latest statement, Mr Murthy said, "When Kejriwal approached me in Sept 2012 asking for financial assistance, I declined. Hence, I have not financially supported Kejriwal's political activities."

The founder and former chief of the IT giant also informed that Kejriwal had approached him for the first time in 2008 when he had asked for donation for instituting awards to recognise the efforts of NGO, officials and public in the field of RTI.

However, Kejriwal reportedly had not organised such award ceremony as he along with Anna Hazare were engaged in the movement of bringing Jan Lokpal Bill in 2011.

"I sent Rs 25 lakh for 2008 and 2009 and Rs 37 lakh for 2010 and Rs 25 lakh for 2011,' said Mr Murthy who also had sent an additional funds of Rs 12 lakh in 2010. The money was required to give extra awards for honouring families of RTI activists who were murdered and travel costs of awardees.

Continuing his statement, Mr Murthy added, "...He (Kejriwal) also asked me whether it was okay to use this amount of Rs 25 lakh towards the secretarial expenses of the Jan Lokpal Bill effort."

Earlier, Ratan Tata and his company also reportedly had refused to give donation to Kejriwal's party as the Tatas had refused to accept the request and PCRF returned the grant of Rs 25 lakh for the year 2011. There have been no further grants from TSWT to the foundation.

The latest statement by Mr Murthy may bring embarrassment for Kejriwal who launched his political party to fight the "corrupt" system of the country. It might be a major setback for Kejriwal and his party members as personalities such as Mr Murthy and Ratan Tata restrained themselves from his political movement.

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