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Cheating case registered against Kiran Bedi


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New Delhi: Delhi Police on Sunday slapped a case of cheating against Kiran Bedi for allegedly misappropriating funds meant for her NGOs in line with a court’s directive, but the activist claimed she has “sound evidence and endurance” to deal with the FIR.

A case under Sections 420 (cheating), 406 (criminal breach of trust) and 120 B (criminal conspiracy) of Indian Penal Code was registered by the Crime Branch this morning following the court direction, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Crime) Ashok Chand told PTI.

The court had yesterday ordered the registration of a case against the former IPS officer on a complaint filed by Delhi-based lawyer Devinder Singh Chauhan despite opposition from Delhi Police.

The court, while ordering registration of the FIR, did not heed to contentions of Delhi police that the complainant lawyer had no ground and if there was any misappropriation of funds, the donors, who gave money to Bedi’s NGOs India Vision Foundation and Navjyoti Foundation, should have moved the complaint. Chauhan had alleged that she had “looted” various paramilitary forces and police organisations in the name of imparting free computer training under the banner of her NGOs.

Reacting to the registration of the case, Bedi, who is already under attack for overcharging her hosts, said, such things happen to people who do good and that she knew how to deal with adverse situations. “Having been a cop, I have the sound evidence and endurance to deal with this FIR. Time will tell.

Fact of life is that things happen to those who do more. “Swami Vivekananda has said this. I am a maximalist. I do plenty. I do more good things. I will do even more good things. Life is meant to do more,” Bedi said. This is the second instance in the past two months that the prominent Team Anna member has landed in controversy, the first being allegations of overcharging her hosts by inflating travel bills. Bedi ridiculing politicians during Anna Hazare’s August fast at Ramlila Maidan for a strong Lokpal Bill had provoked sharp reactions from MPs who had given privilege notices against her.

Asked whether people gheraoed her house or assaulted her in the wake of the new developments, Bedi said she knows how to deal with such situations. “I have no problem.

I will deal with it. I cannot answer hypothetical questions,” she said. Team Anna sources said it is now for Anna Hazare to take a final call on Bedi’s continuance in the team. (PTI)


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