Hang some of us if that helps: Kiran Bedi

"Hang some of us if that helps", activist Kiran Bedi said today as she alleged a "pattern to defame" Team Anna members who are under the scanner for alleged misconduct.

Last Updated: Oct 23, 2011, 14:19 PM IST

New Delhi: "Hang some of us if that helps",
activist Kiran Bedi said today as she alleged a "pattern to
defame" Team Anna members who are under the scanner for
alleged misconduct.

"There is obviously a pattern to defame every member of
Team Anna. It has been systematic from day one," Bedi, who is
facing allegations of overcharging institutions by inflating
her travel expenses, said.

"Team Anna is paying a personal cost for raising national
concerns on rampant corruption and voter awareness to ensure
the passing of the Jan Lokpal Bill in Parliament," she said.

Her response came as another activist Arvind Kejriwal was
accused of depositing the donations for the Hazare campaign
for a strong Lokpal in a private trust run by him. None of the
prominent Team Anna activists were members of the trust.

Noting that people are aware of the machinations of the
detractors, she said it only underscores the need to stay
focussed on the Winter Session of Parliament and ensure that
the Jan Lokpal Bill is enacted.

"It is evident why sensitive and reputed persons shy away
from speaking up. Which leaves civil society without
independent voices. This serves the vested interests," she
said.

Bedi said the Hazare movement was of millions and there
was a need for staying united.

"After that hang some of us if that helps. If my saving
for poor by means I followed is wrong I be punished. Same
Lokpal can punish me. Distraction is being manipulated," she
said.

PTI