Bhushan only Team Anna member on donation list

Former Law Minister Shanti Bhushan is the only prominent Team Anna member who has donated to the anti-corruption movement led by Anna Hazare, shelling out Rs four lakh.

Last Updated: Nov 01, 2011, 22:36 PM IST

New Delhi: Former Law Minister Shanti Bhushan
is the only prominent Team Anna member who has donated to the
anti-corruption movement led by Anna Hazare, shelling out Rs
four lakh, in the past six months.

Bhushan`s Rs four lakh is part of over Rs 2.51 crore
collected as donations by Team Anna in the six months starting
from April one this year, according to the list of donors
provided by India Against Corruption.

According to Team Anna, a total of 27,505 people,
including 25,023 during Ramlila agitation, contributed
financially to the anti-corruption movement with over 400
donating more than Rs 10,000.

The highest donation came from Sitaram Jindal of Jindal
Aluminium Ltd who gave Rs 25 lakh to the Hazare agitation.

Out of the Rs 2.94 crore it collected during the six
months, they have decided to return Rs 42.55 lakh to donors
who "did not provide their complete details and their sources
of funding", leaving Rs 2.51 crore with them.

They said Rs 26,848 were received through money orders
during Ramlila agitation while Rs 69,411 were deposited at
different branches across the country.

The donations of less than Rs 10,000 through online
transfer or cheque or cash were Rs 13.64 lakh.

The Public Cause Research Foundation (PCRF), the
Secretariat for the movement, made public its audit report for
six months starting April one following allegations of
financial misconduct against activist Arvind Kejriwal.

"It has been heart warming to note that 23,138
contributions were of Rs 1,000 or less. It has been humbling
and moving to note that people with very limited resources
contributed with sums like Rs 1, Rs 2 and Rs 5 of their hard
earned money," the Team said.

PTI