The Delhi Police crime branch has filed a closure report in a cheating case against Kiran Bedi. The development, coming as it does in the run-up to assembly elections, has triggered speculation of the former IPS officer joining the BJP.
Bedi, previously associated with AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal, has voiced her support for the Narendra Modi government on Twitter and lauded his Swachh Bharat campaign. Before the December 2013 polls, a section of the BJP was said to be keen on making her the chief ministerial candidate.
The case against Bedi was filed in November 2011 when the Anna Hazare-led anti-corruption movement, of which she was a part, was at its peak. She was accused of misusing funds donated by Microsoft to her trusts, India Vision Foundation and Navjyoti Foundation. She was also accused of buying computers for Rs 50,000 each against an actual price of `20,000 when she was principal of the Police Training College. A city court then had ordered the registration of an FIR against her on charges of cheating, criminal breach of trust and criminal conspiracy.
In the closure report, submitted to the court on October 28, the police have taken statements from Microsoft denying any embezzlement of funds by Bedi, sources said.
The investigating officer has also submitted a copy of audit reports from the Police Training College. These reports, the police said, state that all purchases were cleared and were aboveboard. The closure report comes up in court later this month.
Contacted by HT, Bedi said Tuesday she wasn’t aware of the closure report but “glad to hear about it”. She added, “It was a matter of time for the report to be filed. No way did this case disturb me. I knew it had no substance.”