Ex-cop's charges: Now, IAC at the receiving end

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New Delhi, Oct 19: India Against Corruption (IAC) found themselves at the receiving end on Thursday when former IPS officer YP Singh accused IAC activist-turned-politician Arvind Kejriwal of concealing facts about Union Agriculture Minister and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar. [Latest: Cornered Kejriwal defends self, IAC]

The IAC, however, denied the charges and said they had already raised the issue during their July agitation and also uploaded all relevant documents on their website. On the allegation that it only stressed the corruption charges against BJP chief Nitin Gadkari, the IAC said they had declared that Wednesday's press conference would be only about exposing Gadkari.

Meanwhile, members from the legal fraternity said activists, in an enthusiasm of 'exposing big guns', were subverting the law by mud-slinging in the public and media. Former Attorney General Soli Sorabjee said if the trial by the media and streets was right, then the courts could be well packed up.

Singh claimed that Kejriwal chose not to expose Pawar despite having all required evidence. Taking a dig at the IAC leader, the former IPS officer said the latter did not reveal all information related to the irrigation scam in Maharashtra. Singh said Sharad Pawar was at the centre of the actual scam.

According to him, the former Deputy Chief Minister of Maharashtra Ajit Pawar, the nephew of Sharad Pawar, had given land for the Lavasa hill city project at a throwaway price. He said Ajit Pawar gave away 341 acres to Lake City Corp on 30 years lease for a paltry Rs 23,000 per month, "which is inadequate to rent even the smallest one-bedroom house in Mumbai".

He alleged that nearly 21 per cent shares of Lake Corp Lavasa belonged to Sharad Pawar's daughter Supriya Sule and son-in-law Sadanand Sule. Questioning the price at which the Sules sold their shareholding in 2006, Singh said, Supriya Sule had made a huge gain from the deal. (See: Pawar rubbishes claims)

Singh accused Kejriwal of taking his favour in the name of fight against corruption and then using the documents to pursue personal political ambition. YP Singh said Kejriwal had got the legal documentation done for the central ministers with his help but actually used it for his own interest.

Singh brought his charges a day after the IAC accused Gadkari of illegally gobbling up farmers' land for his own industries and commercial interests.

Abha Singh, a lawyer who accompanied Singh, said Kejriwal's demand that excess land taken from the farmers should be returned to them was actually contradictory to Supreme Court guidelines. She said as per the apex court's order, land that has already been bought from the farmers can not be returned. "Such land has to be publicly auctioned," she said.

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