Pune: A court has discharged social
activist Anna Hazare in a case of alleged misappropriation of
funds belonging to the Hind Swaraj Trust, which is headed by
Chief Judicial Magistrate N T Ghadge issued the order
yesterday, discharging Hazare after the complainant Hemant
Patil withdrew the case, Harshad Nimbalkar and Milind Pawar,
both lawyers who represented the Gandhian, said today.
Patil cited Hazare`s age, ailments and also "enhanced
status in the society" as reasons for withdrawing the case
filed in 2005.
Patil alleged that Hazare had misappropriated a sum of
Rs 2.2 lakh from the funds of the Trust to celebrate his 61st
birthday in his native village Ralegan-Siddhi.
Hazare had denied the charge saying he did not believe in
celebrating birthdays and all the Trust money had been