Objecting to the alleged conduct of Mufti Shamum Kazmi in taping the proceedings of Sunday's meeting here of the core committee of India Against Corruption, Team Anna member Arvind Kejriwal compared the incident with the one involving Swami Agnivesh.
Agnivesh was removed after he was caught on camera allegedly talking ill of Team Anna with a Union Minister when social activist Anna Hazare was on fast on the Ramlila ground in New Delhi last year, a charge the activist denied.
Mr. Kazmi has been removed from the core committee.
Earlier, two activists P.V. Rajagopal and Rajinder Singh quit the team following differences over the way in which decisions were taken. Team Anna said they had left because they were preoccupied with their own work.
“Several issues are thrown open at the meeting and discussed threadbare before we reach consensus. One such issue was that the group will have to take a stand at some point on electoral politics,” Mr. Kejriwal said.
Asked about Mr. Kazmi's charge that he wanted to contest elections, lawyer and core panel member Prashant Bhushan said, “It is all nonsense. Totally baseless.”
Team Anna members Shazia Ilmi and Kumar Vishwas said if Mr. Kazmi was recording the proceedings for the sake of transparency he should have let it be known to all members beforehand. They charged the Mufti with giving “feeds” to television channels even as issues were being discussed.