Was right in inflating bills, says Kiran Bedi



Thiruvananthapuram: Team Anna member Kiran Bedi, charged with submitting inflated air travel bills to her hosts, on Tuesday defended herself saying she was right in claiming business class fare while travelling economy class as the excess amount went for the education of poor children.

Interacting with the audience at a book release function here, she said whatever surplus money she generated by way of overcharging would go for supporting education of poor children through her NGO.

"I did the right thing. If DC Books (the organisers of today's function) invites me saying that they will pay me business class fares to attend their function and I come in economy class, I save around 10,000 rupees. And this money goes for a project. Is it right or wrong? This is what I've done," she said.

She said all that she has earned over the last 15 years by writing or speaking at public forums has gone to her NGO.

"You tell me is it right or wrong? It's not just now. For the last 15 years, all the works I have written, all the rewards I got, all the speaking fees I got have gone to my NGO. Have I done the right thing or not?.. Well.. This is what I am doing," she said.

However, Bedi refused to comment on either Sri Sri Ravishankar skipping Rahul Gandhi's constituency Amethi during his anti-corruption campaign or Swami Agnivesh's decision to participate in TV reality show Bigg Boss, saying they have a right to make their own choices.

PTI