Justice PB Sawant says he had held Anna guilty

Justice (Retd) PB Sawant`s probe had found that an amount of Rs 2.2 lakhs was diverted from Anna Hazare`s trust for his birthday celebrations.

New Delhi: Justice (Retd) PB Sawant,
whose probe found that an amount of Rs 2.2 lakhs was diverted
from Anna Hazare`s trust for his birthday celebrations, on Sunday
said this action amounted to "corruption."

"An amount of Rs 2.2 lakh was utilised from this Trust
for his own felicitation. That is proved and Mr Hazare has not
denied. Now you can`t use money of the Trust for your own
purpose. That amounts to corruption.

That`s the only act of corruption that was proved,
nothing more than that," Samant, a retired Supreme Court judge
told TV channels.

Sawant made these remarks when asked to comment on the
Congress`s stand that his report has given details of
corruption done by Hazare.

He said the utilisation of the Trust money for
Hazare`s birthday celebration in his home village in
Maharashtra was the only one allegation proved against him.

The Maharashtra government had instituted a Commission
of Inquiry under Justice PB Sawant in September 2003 to
inquire into allegations of corruption and maladministration
against several people, including four ministers and the Hind
Swaraj Trust run by Hazare.

The Commission submitted its report on February 22,
2005 in which it indicted Hind Swaraj Trust for spending 2.20
lakhs of its funds on the birthday celebrations of Hazare
finding it to be a "corrupt" practice.

PTI

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