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Updated: September 3, 2011 12:10 IST

Centre back to dirty tricks: Team Anna

Gargi Parsai
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Civil society activists Kiran Bedi and Arvind Kejriwal during a press conference in New Delhi on Friday.
PTI Civil society activists Kiran Bedi and Arvind Kejriwal during a press conference in New Delhi on Friday.

With the Income Tax Department slapping a notice on activist Arvind Kejriwal to pay dues, Team Anna on Friday alleged that the government was back to its “dirty tricks department” and that officials were being pressured by “political bosses” to act against the team members.

Challenging the government to fight them on the contents of the anti-corruption Jan Lokpal Bill, the activists said the smear campaign was not going to take its case forward. “This shows that the government has not learnt any lessons and is back to its dirty tricks department. If this goes on, the government's situation is going to get worse,” lawyer Prashant Bhushan said at a press conference here.

Team Anna referred to, besides the IT notice to Mr. Kejriwal asking him to pay dues of Rs. 9.27 lakh, a Delhi Police report that a compact disc purported to contain a conversation between lawyer Shanti Bhushan and political leaders was genuine, and the privilege notices in Parliament against Kiran Bedi, another member of the team.

Mr. Kejriwal, who belongs to the Indian Revenue Service, was on study leave from 2000 to 2002 to undertake a study on “corruption in government departments.” For that period he had signed a bond that allowed payment of salary but prevented him from “resigning, retiring or quitting” his job for three years after rejoining duty.

Claiming that he had not violated bond conditions, Mr. Kejriwal said he joined work in the IT Department in November 2002 and, after staying in the job for more than three years, resigned in February 2006. In the interim period, in 2004, he sought leave without pay to work on the Right to Information Bill, which was granted “as per service rules.”

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I sincerely request Team Anna to start another agitation immediately to inform the people the names of all the MPs in the present parliament who do not support the Jan Lokpal Bill so we can turn them out in the forth coming elections. Team Anna should not tire, we are with you, within the next few months please take up the issue of RIGHT TO RECALL & RIGHT TO REJECT.

from:  xavier surender
Posted on: Sep 5, 2011 at 14:21 IST

We want our parliament to function the way it has to function. No tom-foolery.If the tax paying citizen who has funded the operation of parliament questions he/she is hauled up by parliament.We spend crores in running our parliament. It is the bounden duty of the electorate to question the performance of those sent there for upholding democracy. The concept of "we the people" cannot be lost sight of.

from:  Valentine Jesudoss
Posted on: Sep 5, 2011 at 11:08 IST

time for REVOLUTION.

from:  suman
Posted on: Sep 5, 2011 at 08:21 IST

it may be recalled that Arvind Kejriwal graduated from IIT Kharagpur as mechanical Engineer in 1989.He joined Tata Steel and quit the job in 1992!(3 years) During 1992 t0 1995 he was with Mother Theressa Miision and Ramkrishna Mission in N.E. India!He joined IRS in 1995and resigned in Feb. 2006!Out of his total service of 11 years,he was on sabatical for 3 years and sanctioned Leave on loss of pay for 6 months. Obviously, his resignation has not been accepted and he has been served with notices in 2007, 2008 and in August, 2011!How could he then contend that notice was served just a week before August, This a pesonal matter between him and his Dept.He cannot politalise it!

from:  Meiyappa
Posted on: Sep 5, 2011 at 00:52 IST

People of India are not that dumb not to believe that this is all part of a witch hunt.What privilege motion is one talking about. Today in TOI editorial I read how corrupt politicians are. Has Prashant said any thing that the entire nation does not know or acknowledge. Check the records of the MP's, many have criminal cases against them. If calling Politicians criminals of the first order is a crime, then all the news papers and editorial writers should also be served with privilege notice. Congress has become arrogant, back to back terms in power have made them arrogant. Let government continue with its witch hunt, Arvind will become a hero like Anna. My request to people of India, please unite and support Anna's team.

from:  Deepa Surendran
Posted on: Sep 4, 2011 at 19:10 IST

The message from Politicians is absolutely clear. If you dare even to point to them you will not be spared. The behaviour of our Politicians reached its lowest in Indian democracy.This is open holiganism, bullying and simply atrocious. Respect should be commended NOT demanded.

from:  Pradeep
Posted on: Sep 4, 2011 at 02:59 IST

Just because they are members of team Anna, do they become unquestionable? If he has not he be paid taxes-arrears should not he be asked to pay-up? These kind of responses from team Anna diminishes the hopes on lokpal. It is better for them to come clean.

from:  Neal
Posted on: Sep 3, 2011 at 22:07 IST

Government has lost all its credibility. Now danger is its actions will tarnish the image of whole political system including our celebrated Parliament. If there is any real danger to our system then it is from within and not without.

from:  Vivek Singh malik
Posted on: Sep 3, 2011 at 18:32 IST

The government has lost confidence anyway. Now it is losing respect pretty fast. Such shocking levels of malice being shown so openly in the the glare of today's media?!!! The brazenness is appalling and disgusting! How much more can we stoop? We always knew that our politicians are not good enough. But they are so unworthy of our vote is a realization. Thanks to Team Anna for exposing us to the reality!

from:  Syam
Posted on: Sep 3, 2011 at 18:26 IST

Not only such attempts as 'Parliamentary privilege motions' but such actions as mudslinging from 3rd parties..Shashi Tharoor, Ms Arundhati Roy, seem to be 'engineered propaganda. Take the case of Manish Tiwari accusing Anna of corruption. His later apology is not very relevant to me..his initial motive and the brain behind. He is just a 'face' and mouthpiece of congress party. I do not think he would have talked impromptu and without sanction. Mrs Roy called Anna an 'Empty vessel' in her interview to CNN-IBN. She was objecting to besides other non points, rally supporters shouting 'Vandemataram, Bharat mata ki Jai, Jaihind. To her they were 'anti secular slogans'. To me Anna's fast evoked just 'patriotic emotions'. Rahul Gandhi earlier said reg Anna's fast 'Such protests are dangerous. What if tomorrow an anti secular protest is staged like this!. For who is Mrs Roy acting?

from:  M P Sastry
Posted on: Sep 3, 2011 at 17:39 IST

Could it be that the sanctioned unpaid leave does not count towards Kejriwal's three year commitment? He did take the leave before the three years and then did not return. Maybe that is the issue or do they now get a free pass for the rest of their lives.

from:  A Agarwal
Posted on: Sep 3, 2011 at 16:43 IST

Congress is quite upset now, Gandhiji is being kidnapped by team Annna.Gandhiji is Congress's property. They will go behind all in Anna team. Dirty politics.

from:  Sunil Nair
Posted on: Sep 3, 2011 at 12:50 IST

Let us all be watchful and gear up for another major event soon. Congress will not stop here but will try to divert public attention by attempting something major. Let us all be careful..

from:  Murali
Posted on: Sep 3, 2011 at 12:33 IST

The Quota politicians have come together in a conspiracy of silence and loot in the name of upliftment of dalits, women and minorities. But their well-planned trickery is coming unstuck as people forgetting their caste and religious biases came in support of Anna in one voice in the fight against corruption. This has rattled the well-entrenched Quota politicians who are flailing their arms to ward of Anna's campaign. This is dangerous as some harm is intended to be directed against Anna and his team.

from:  vedam
Posted on: Sep 3, 2011 at 12:13 IST

It is nothing but arm twisting. It is sad affair that our elected representatives have gotten into the habit of behaving as feudal lords. I hope that Right To information Act, strong print media, watchful judiciary and awakened electorate will alter the present path being treaded by politicians.

from:  S Chandra
Posted on: Sep 3, 2011 at 11:02 IST

I think the Ministers in the Government may want to be reminded, that they are there till People do not 'Pluck' them down. Once they are no longer in power, then they are as ordinary citizens as you or me. Lest them not forget. Also, we hope you (GOI/Ministers) have started counting the days, as they are seriously numbered.

from:  Sunit Jang Bahadur
Posted on: Sep 3, 2011 at 11:02 IST

Privilege notice against Kiran Bedi is being referred as dirty tricks by Team Anna. Though on one hand, Kiran Bedi is showing her bravery in press conferences that there is no question of apology and she is ready for the punishment. Then why making noise on the privilege notice? It's not only Kiran Bedi against whom privilege motion has been passed and that too just because they are fighting against corruption. Privilege motion was also passed against Ronen Sen who had referred Indian Parliamentarians as 'Headless chickens'. If Manish Tiwari referred Anna as corrupt, Anna is going to drag him to the court even after Manish Tiwari apologized. While for abusing parliamentarians, for which Kiran Bedi is not ready to apologize also, Team Anna is making hue and cry on any action against her. Similarly Kejriwal is crying that govt is harassing his relatives if they have done anything wrong; his relatives can not get the license for crime just because Kejriwal is fighting against corruption.

from:  Ashutosh Kumar
Posted on: Sep 3, 2011 at 10:10 IST

Isn't the law of the land same for all? There should be no politicization of such notices. Accountability can't be looked into isolation and public figures should be transparent in their dealings.

from:  sanjay
Posted on: Sep 3, 2011 at 09:15 IST

While I am not Anna I protest the dirty tricks played by Govt. Why now. If at all he violated rules why there was no action so far? Cheap!! I wish the PM intervene and withdraw the notice. Govt employees should not be used to fight Govts political enemies They are supposed to serve the public.

from:  Kuriakose
Posted on: Sep 3, 2011 at 09:14 IST

Privilege Motion against Om Puri and Kiran Bed and Income tax Arrears against Kejeriwal? It was a victory for all that Anna Hazare’s fast had come to a happy ending. It was a victory for all, Anna Hazare and team, GOI, Opposition, Protesters all over India including Ramlila Maidan, Police and Media for arriving at a consensus. It was a give and take. At this juncture we cannot afford to dig out the wrongs of anyone to be punished.It is too silly to see that the Income Tax Officers are digging out tax arrears against Kejeriwal. This cannot be done unless the political bosses are after the income tax officers. Please stop this. The more you do this kind of dirty tricks, the more exposed you people become. It is important that each one looks at one’s own
performance with self criticism. What is important now is how can we work out a strong Lok Pal. How can we bring about a consensus on a strong Lok Pal. Jan Lok Pal, Lokpal of GOI, intervention of Aruna Roy, Draft of Jaya Prakash?

from:  Thomas Kocherry
Posted on: Sep 3, 2011 at 08:41 IST

The Government should not take revenge in this way. People already lost their hopes with the present Government. These incidents will further deteriorate the image.

from:  Amarnath
Posted on: Sep 3, 2011 at 08:41 IST

Intimidation and repressive tactics were the weapons of control over peoples' descent that was used by 'democratically elected' Nazis and other oppressive regimes in office, world around. One can only hope that the Government of India would not degrade to that level!! The world is watching!

from:  Saratchandran
Posted on: Sep 3, 2011 at 07:59 IST

Team Anna is fighting against the evil of India. Corrupt politicians will force the team to quit the fight. WE support the team ANNA.

from:  nara
Posted on: Sep 3, 2011 at 07:33 IST

Sirs, When we learn that the government is “back to dirty tricks” with the Anna team, one has to recall your editorial “A farce of a probe”, which is a succinct, true-life testimony of the cash-for-votes scandal enacted by the Delhi police, with hushed permission of the Government. In both the cases, the government is exposed in its efforts to stall the hard work to expose the political cover-up. Bearing in mind the quote of Lord Acton, one can conclude that power corrupts and merely generates more corruption.

from:  Dr. K.V.Mallan
Posted on: Sep 3, 2011 at 06:47 IST

The notice served on Arvind Kejriwal was not a "IT notice" asking him to pay income tax arrears. It was purely one on an administrative matter from his former employer, the Income tax department.By calling it "IT notice", the entire media, perhaps inadvertently, making it look like a huge IT payment default by Mr.Kejriwal which has its own connotations. Mr.Kejriwal had stayed on the job for more than the mandatory 3 years after his paid study leave. It is only that he had taken officially sanctioned 6 months leave without pay during this period. There doesn't seem to be any real case against him. The "dirty tricks" battalion of the powers that be seems to be doing a splendid job these days!

from:  K.Vijayakumar
Posted on: Sep 3, 2011 at 06:27 IST

Chidambaram has a election fraud case pending in the Chennai high court...It has not come up for hearing still..now is that some form of judicial corruption ?. His election is under question mark. he still can be a minister while waiting for the court to decide. But the court takes a long time to hear the case. So, how is it? A few well connected calls and influences here and there and the case gets postponed and delayed hearing for a long time while he gets to be a minister - while there is every possibility that the other candidate is being denied to represent the people according to PARLIAMENTARY DEMOCRACY, which Mr Chidambaram is a strong advocate of and preaches often to the people....BUT , if this parliamentary democracy can be perverted, then, do we stick to it, like a jackass or change it to suit reality and fairness ?

from:  Suresh
Posted on: Sep 3, 2011 at 05:26 IST

Team Anna needs to open a relevant legal fund, so that they are ready financially to fight a just battle ( Kaliyuga Kurukshetra) in all fronts against many invisible and visible forces. I am sure hundreds of Millions of Dollars from all around the world and from India will fund this account.

from:  Kumar
Posted on: Sep 3, 2011 at 04:07 IST

IS it a crime to raise your voice against Govt? what kind of democracy is this ? Why it is now that cases against Parshant Bhushan, Kejriwal, Ramdev are coming to light ? It is pure and simple that it is politics of vendetta. It also shows how little respect this Govt has for rules of non-interference in various departments and at the same time preaches rules. Wasn't same Govt hiding behind scantity of rules when Anna was agitating for Janlokpal ? Now I am convinced that India needs a strong lokpal more or less on lines of janlokpal.

from:  Rohit
Posted on: Sep 3, 2011 at 00:53 IST

Arvind ji, let the Govt. harass you & other Team Anna members. We are with you.

from:  pooja
Posted on: Sep 2, 2011 at 23:58 IST
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