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"Kejriwal's behaviour worse than 'gutter snipes'"

Agencies  New Delhi, October 11, 2012
First Published: 09:51 IST(11/10/2012) | Last Updated: 20:06 IST(11/10/2012)

Union law minister Salman Khurshid on Tuesday night said that he will file a court case against Arvind Kejriwal for his allegations against him in connection with a sting aired by a television channel, according to media reports.

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The minister, when asked about the activist's allegation in an interview, said the behaviour is worse than that of "gutter snipes" and that he will file both civil and criminal procedures in court.

Earlier, the television channel alleged that the Zakir Hussain Memorial Trust, headed by Khurshid and his wife Louise Khurshid, had forged signatures of senior officials in several districts of Uttar Pradesh depriving disabled people of their money.

According to the TV report, the Union ministry for social welfare and empowerment had granted Rs. 71.50 lakh to the trust for distributing tricycles and hearing aids to the disabled in 17 districts of UP.

As per the rules, the trust should have informed the district magistrate, the district social welfare officers prepares and send a list of beneficiaries from districts and the money is disbursed at the camps organized for this purpose, in the presence of district officials.

But reports state that the Trust distributed the equipments under the forged signatures of district welfare officers and the camps were never held.

India Against Corruption (IAC) activist Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday demanded Salman Khurshid's resignation and his wife Louise's immediate arrest after the TV channel's report.

"Yesterday it was exposed by one of the TV channels how law minister Salman Khurshid and his wife are involved in defalcation of funds meant for handicapped people. These funds are released by various departments of Government of India," said Kejriwal on Wednesday .

"They were taken by the NGO, which has been floated by the law minister and his wife. And rather than distributing this money to the handicapped people, the law minister and his wife together have forged the signatures of several government officers which is a very serious crime," he added.

"Mrs Khurshid should be immediately arrested because if she remains outside she would tamper with the evidence and put pressure on various evidences. And the law minister should immediately resign," he said.

Kejriwal also asked Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav to ensure that the FIR in connection with this case is registered as soon as possible so that further investigations can be carried out.

(With ANI inputs)

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