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Corruption charges: Road ahead for IAC may be tricky


Rupashree Nanda, Bhupendra Chaubey, CNN-IBN
Oct 19, 2012 at 11:26pm IST

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New Delhi: With India Against Corruption (IAC) activists coming under the scanner for suspicious land deals, the organisation's head Arvind Kejriwal has promised an internal Lokpal to look into the charges. Having hit media headlines by targeting Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Nitin Gadkari in acts of alleged corruption, IAC member Anjali Damania now finds herself under the scanner. She finds herself being accused of making windfall gains by selling farm land, aquired from poor farmers at cheap rates, and then selling it post land use pattern changes at exorbitant rates.

It is a charge which IAC has levelled against Congress President Sonia Gandhi's son-in-law Robert Vadra as well. Kejriwal, however, has been clear that whoever is found guilty will be asked to leave the team. "We have asked for an enquiry. If anyone is found guilty by our three-member probe, the person will have to leave the party," he said.

Adding to Damania's woes, is a farmer in Vidarbha, Gajanan Ghadge, the alleged victim of Nitin Gadkari's land grabbing spree, who denied ever being pressurised by Gadkari.

Other than Damania, other IAC members Prashant Bhushan and Mayank Gandhi too are facing the heat over alleged involvement in irregularities. The issue has created enormous embarrassment for Team Kejriwal. The Congress, meanwhile, is ridiculing the entire attempt by anti-corruption crusaders to self-introspect.

MoS PMO, V Narayanasamy said, "A probe by their own appointed Lokpal... This shows these people are mad." On the Opposition side, the BJP has asked tough questions against Team Kejriwal, particularly Anjali Damania. These may very well be signs that the road ahead for Team Kejriwal is going to be a very tricky one.

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