Bedi returns excess fare to Indore organisation

Kiran Bedi, under attack for overcharging organisations by inflating her travel bills, has returned Rs 16,000 in excess air-fare she had charged from an Indore organisation in 2009 after it sought a refund on "ethical grounds".

Last Updated: Nov 02, 2011, 22:25 PM IST

Indore: Tema Anna member Kiran Bedi, under
attack for overcharging organisations by inflating her travel
bills, has returned Rs 16,000 in excess air-fare she had
charged from an Indore organisation in 2009 after it sought a
refund on "ethical grounds".

Abhyas Mandal president Shivaji Mohite said, "We
have received a cheque for Rs 16,346 from Bedi`s NGO, India
Vision Foundation, as she had assured us day before
yesterday."

Bedi had been invited to give a lecture by the
organisation in May 2009.

She was paid Rs 38,871 on account of two-way business
class fare for Delhi-Indore air journey.

Following recent media reports which claimed that she
used to travel economy class on her lecture tours but charged
the organisers for business class ticket, Mandal had sent
her an email seeking refund of excess amount on "ethical
grounds".

Bedi had defended her actions by saying that the excess
money went to her NGO. However, she later said that the
over-charged money would be returned.

PTI