Court dismisses plea for FIR against Hazare and Kejriwal

Last Updated: Tuesday, December 10, 2013 - 19:51

New Delhi: A Delhi court Tuesday dismissed a plea seeking lodging of FIR against Anna Hazare, Arvind Kejriwal and others for allegedly cheating over four crore people by selling them `Anna SMS cards` after the Delhi Police gave a clean chit to them.

Metropolitan Magistrate Akash Jain rejected the plea filed by Delhi resident Rumal Singh, who claimed to be a member of India Against Corruption (IAC) led by Kejriwal, after the Delhi Police said "no offence has been made out and no police action is warranted" on the petition.

Singh had alleged that the SMS card launched in February 2012 promised to provide information about the Hazare-led campaign`s activities for a year which earned Hazare and his former team members Rs 100 crore but it was discontinued prematurely without any convincing reasons from the members of the group.

The police today filed an action taken report (ATR) before the court saying no offence is made out against Hazare and his former team members on the allegations levelled by Singh. They said the complainant has been informed that he may approach a consumer court and he is not co-operating in the enquiry.

Singh had filed a criminal complaint alleging that he was part of the India Against Corruption (IAC) movement headed by Anna and his other core members.

"The complainant (Singh) has already been informed that he may approach a consumer court for any type of justice. The complainant is not co-operating in the enquiry. He was contacted to join the enquiry but he did not join the matter. Hence, no offence has been made out and no police action is warranted into the matter," the police said.

The ATR, filed today by the Parliament Street Police here, also said that Anna SMS cards were purchased "willingly" by Singh and other volunteers of the IAC and "nobody has been induced by IAC and its team leaders".
"If any type of services of these cards have been terminated then the matter is of civil in nature. The complainant was told to provide the list of persons who took the same card but he could not provide any list of persons neither any other customers appeared at police station regarding this complaint," the police said.

The police had filed the ATR today after the magistrate on November 31 had directed it to file a detailed report.

Earlier, the police had told the court that IAC started selling these SMS cards from last week of February 2012 in the World Book Fair at Pragati Maidan here.

Singh, in his complaint, had claimed that Hazare, Arvind Kejriwal, Kiran Bedi, Kumar Viswas, Sanjay Singh, Manish Sisodia and Gopal Rai, who were the core members of IAC and later fragmented and formed their own political party -- Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), allegedly in collusion with private companies defrauded more than four crore people.

"Through the sale of these SMS cards, Anna and his former team members have illegally raked in more than Rs 100 crore and thus defrauded more than four crore common people," Singh had claimed in his complaint.

The complainant had alleged that the price of each SMS card, which was valid for a year was of Rs 20, but was sold to the general public and volunteers of the movement at Rs 25.

The petition claimed that Kejriwal was informed about the disruption, who despite the knowledge had taken no steps to restart the services.

PTI

First Published: Tuesday, December 10, 2013 - 19:51

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