Mumbai: Rubbishing allegations of dubious
financial dealings in the movement for Jan Lokpal Bill, Anna Hazare on Sunday disclosed that the agitation had received Rs 40
lakh from "unknown sources".
"People are being misled about the funds collected and the
expenses of the agitation... Of the funds we got, Rs 40 lakh
came from unknown sources, through a bank," Hazare said in a
statement issued from Ralegan Siddhi, his native village.
He met three prominent members of his team - Arvind
Kejriwal, Prashant Bhushan and Kiran Bedi - there.
The written statement by Hazare, who is observing a vow of
silence, said, "Instead of keeping all this money, we have
directed that it be returned."
"We stopped collecting funds at the Ramlila Maidan after a
few days. Later, we even stopped receiving funds through
cheques and banks. All this shows that movement is not working
for money. We have undertaken a special audit... and will put
its report on the website. If anyone has doubts, any
government agency can investigate (finances of the
agitation)," Hazare said.