Delhi: Agniveesh served notice; calls it a defamation plot

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New Delhi, Jan 4: Swami Agnivesh called the whole episode a plot to defame him, where he was issued a notice by the Delhi government for allegedly funding bills and not returning back the unused money that was allocated to his NGO.

A notice was issued to Agniveesh's NGO, Bonded Labour Liberation Front, to return back Rs 2.3 lakh which remained unused after the NGO was allocated to conduct a survey.

"Firstly I can smell a conspiracy behind this whole episode, because the matter, in which we had conducted the survey, used the allotted money. We had submitted an audited report. In the matter of the unused money, we also submitted the bills for that amount and received a utilization certificate and closed the chapter. Now after all these years suddenly why was this notice sent to me today?" said Agnivesh.

Agnivesh, who had met Shiela Dikshit, Chief Minister, New Delhi said that even she was unaware of any such notice served to him by her government. He further said that the chief minister assured that the matter would be looked into further.

"After all these years, my name is being maligned by issuing this notice against me; I urge the government to conduct an intensive investigation in this matter. The government should transfer the case to the CBI to investigate or to any other agency or an enquiry should be held under the new ombudsman bill, which included NGO's in its ambit. And if I am found guilty, I should be punished," said Agnivesh.

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