New Delhi: Former Law Minister Shanti Bhushan
is the only prominent Team Anna member who has donated money
to the anti-corruption movement led by Anna Hazare, giving Rs
four lakh from his pocket.
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.
The highest donation during the period came from Sitaram
Jindal of Jindal Aluminium Ltd who gave Rs 25 lakh to the
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 in the past six months.
The donations of less than Rs 10,000 through online
transfer or cheque or cash were Rs 13.64 lakh.
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.
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.
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.