Kiran Bedi refuses to comment on bills row

Mumbai: Team Anna member Kiran Bedi, who is facing criticism over inflated travel bills, on Monday refused to reply questions related to the issue.

The former IPS officer, who was on a short visit to the city to accept an award honouring her for social work, stoutly declined to comment on the controversy.

"You are at the wrong place," Bedi told mediapersons.

She was replying to queries on her tweets earlier in the day that the money overcharged by her NGO for her travel expenses would be returned.

"I am here to accept the Kriyasheel Award presented to me by the Sadguru Mangeshda Kriya Yoga Foundation for social work and do not want the event to be diluted and mixed up with something personal. For me this award is like a rose with thorns. Here is the rose and thorns are left behind. I feel blessed," she said at the award venue in suburban Bandra.

The Magsaysay Award winner maintained she was here to accept the award which was her focus and not a press conference. "If you want to speak to me, it will be in Delhi."

Bedi said the award has come to her by destiny.

"The timing is so interesting. It's like a blessing...I needed to do better and more. I am on a path of higher mission for this country and it is a time-bound mission. We must get what we are fighting for by the winter session," she said, referring to the Lokpal Bill.