Delhi Police register case against Kiran Bedi

The court had ordered registration of an FIR against Kiran Bedi fter taking note of a complaint of a Delhi-based lawyer evinder Singh Chauhan.

New Delhi: Delhi Police on Sunday slapped a case
of cheating against Kiran Bedi for allegedly misappropriating
funds meant for her NGOs in line with a court`s directive, but
the activist claimed she has "sound evidence and endurance" to
deal with the FIR.

A case under Sections 420 (cheating), 406 (criminal
breach of trust) and 120 B (criminal conspiracy) of Indian
Penal Code was registered by the Crime Branch this morning
following the court direction, Deputy Commissioner of Police
(Crime) Ashok Chand said.

The court had yesterday ordered the registration of a
case against the former IPS officer on a complaint filed by
Delhi-based lawyer Devinder Singh Chauhan despite opposition
from Delhi Police.

The court, while ordering registration of the FIR, did
not heed to contentions of Delhi police that the complainant
lawyer had no ground and if there was any misappropriation of
funds, the donors, who gave money to Bedi`s NGOs India Vision
Foundation and Navjyoti Foundation, should have moved the
complaint.

Chauhan had alleged that she had "looted" various
paramilitary forces and police organisations in the name of
imparting free computer training under the banner of her NGOs.
Reacting to the registration of the case, Bedi, who is
already under attack for overcharging her hosts, said, such
things happen to people who do good and that she knew how to
deal with adverse situations.

"Having been a cop, I have the sound evidence and
endurance to deal with this FIR. Time will tell. Fact of life
is that things happen to those who do more.

"Swami Vivekananda has said this. I am a maximalist. I do
plenty. I do more good things. I will do even more good
things. Life is meant to do more," Bedi said.

This is the second instance in the past two months that
the prominent Team Anna member has landed in controversy, the
first being allegations of overcharging her hosts by inflating
travel bills.

Bedi ridiculing politicians during Anna Hazare`s August
fast at Ramlila Maidan for a strong Lokpal Bill had provoked
sharp reactions from MPs who had given privilege notices
against her.

Asked whether people gheraoed her house or assaulted her
in the wake of the new developments, Bedi said she knows how
to deal with such situations. "I have no problem. I will deal
with it. I cannot answer hypothetical questions," she said.

Team Anna sources said it is now for Anna Hazare to take
a final call on Bedi`s continuance in the team. Prominent Team
Anna member Arvind Kejriwal incidentally is in Ralegan Siddhi
where Hazare is staying.

Sources said Kejriwal`s visit has no connection with the
new developments and that he meets Hazare every two weeks to
apprise him about the developments of Lokpal movement.

Former Team Anna member Swami Agnivesh termed the
registration of case as a "very serious matter" and said Bedi
should explain her conduct to clear her name.

"It is not that somebody has gone to a police station
with a complaint and police registers a case. The court has
taken cognisance and has ordered police to register a case.
This shows the seriousness. This is a very serious matter,"
Agnivesh said.

Yesterday, Chauhan, in his complaint, alleged Bedi had
received donations of more than Rs 50 lakh from Microsoft for
imparting free computer training to kids and families of BSF,
CISF, ITBP, CRPF personnel and other state police
organisations under the banner of her trust `India Vision
Foundation`.

"Kiran Bedi got permission of four community centres by
misleading undertaking that she will not charge any fee from
students out of these courses but contrary to the undertaking,
she is charging Rs 15,000 per student and the Ministry of
Human Resource Development (MHRD), despite receiving various
complaints, is not acting against Bedi," he said.

It was also alleged that Bedi misused the names of
various government organisations, including banks, for showing
them as donors to get other donations. He claimed that Bedi`s
NGOs received Rs 6,000 per month for each centre from Vedanta
Foundation for giving facilities such as land and electricity.

However, such facilities were being provided by police
organisations, the complaint said.

"Neither Kiran Bedi nor any of her associates disclosed
this fact to Vedanta that they are illegally charging Rs 6,000
for each centre for the expenses rent of the building and
charges of electricity. In order to cheat Vedanta, Bedi
entered into a `donation agreement` for illegally sharing of
the amount received from the centres of BSF, CISF, UP Police
and others," the lawyer alleged.

He said Microsoft discontinued their fundings to her
trust after it came to know about the "cheating and fraud."

PTI

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