HC dismisses petition against Hazare

The Bombay High Court on Friday dismissed a public interest litigation filed by a Pune-based activist seeking investigations into the trust of Anna Hazare.

Mumbai: Refusing to grant any relief, the
Bombay High Court on Friday dismissed a public interest litigation
filed by a Pune-based activist seeking investigations into the
trust of Anna Hazare.

The PIL filed by Hemant Patil, president of Rashtriya
Brashtachar Virodhi Janshakti, claimed that Hazare`s Hind
Swaraj Trust had not submitted audit reports from the year
2005 to 2007 before the Charity Commissioner.

Seeking a probe against Hazare and the trust by Income
Tax department and Charity Commissioner, the PIL stated, "The
trust has not submitted audit reports showing expenditure from
the year 2005 to 2007."

The PIL alleged that trustees including Hazare, were
indulging in malpractices and siphoning of funds from the
trust.
A division bench headed by Justice D D Sinha while
dismissing the PIL, asked the petitioner to approach the
Charity Commissioner for relief.

According to the PIL, in May last year, the Charity
Commissioner had issued show cause notice to the trust
which had not submitted reply.

The PIL had also sought directions to be issued to the
trust to submit all the records of its funds and expenditure.

PTI

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