Ready for any probe: Damania, Mayank Gandhi
New Delhi: India Against Corruption (IAC) activists Mayank Gandhi and Anjali Damania on Friday said that they were not afraid of any probe to ascertain if they have allegedly committed any irregularities in land deals.
Addressing a joint press conference with Mayank Gandhi in Mumbai, Damania said, “We have not committed any irregularities whatsoever and we are ready to face any probe to prove our innocence.
"The India Express has come out with an allegation…there will be a number of allegations that will come against us. We are upfront about investigations, “the IAC activist from Maharashtra said.
Accusing the politicians of shielding each other in the corruption cases, Damania said, “The allegations of corruption are being leveled against us because we have not succumbed to the political pressure and dared to expose the corrupt politicians.”
“I want to reiterate that we will not be threatened by such pressure tactics and we are open to any kind of investigation against us.”
Proving her point further, Damania said that she is legally a farmer and have documents to prove the same.
“I have not forged any document. I have acquired land through legal means and have appropriate documents to prove this,” Damania said adding, “We will give all documents to the probe panel to show that there was no benami (illegal) transactions in connection with the land purchased by her in 2006.”
Damania further assured that she would be answerable to each and every question from the ombudsman panel. She said, "If we are fighting corruption, then we ourselves should be answerable.
Damania, however, questioned the timing of the allegations against her. She asked that the land in question was bought in 2006 and why questions are being raised now? “The political class is trying to confuse everybody," she said.
Replying to the volley of questions posed by reporters, Gandhi said, “We will fully cooperate with the probe panel to conduct its inquiry against us and leave the organization if we are found guilty. “
“All those against whom allegations have been leveled, including me and Anjali Damani, should be enquired into…we will be giving an e-mail address where complaints against us too could be sent for investigation," said Mayank Gandhi.
However, the two IAC activists urged the countrymen to wait for some time till the probe panel completes its proceedings against them.
“I would request the people of India not to jump to any conclusio0n and wait for three months till the panel submit its reports against us,” Gandhi said, while stressing that IAC would not have ordered an internal probe against them if there were really involved in corruption cases.”
The reaction from Damania and Gandhi came hours after Arvind Kejriwal ordered an independent probe against three IAC members, including Prashant Bhushan, currently under scanner over corruption.
Earlier addressing a press conference, Kejriwal declared a probe by three-member panel of retired judges to probe the graft charges against its prominent members, including Prashant Bhushan and Anjali Damania.
Former Delhi High Court Chief Justice AP Shah, Justice BH Marlapalle (Retd) of Bombay High Court and Justice Jaspal Singh (Retired) of Delhi High Court are the internal Lokpal for Kejriwal's yet-to-be named party.
With PTI Inputs