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Coin collection drive to pay for fine

Terming the Rs 9 lakh fine imposed by the income tax department on RTI activist Arvind Kejriwal as "wrongful", volunteers of NGO India Against Corruption (IAC) will be seeking donations from the public to pay for it.

mumbai Updated: Sep 05, 2011 01:23 IST

Terming the Rs 9 lakh fine imposed by the income tax (I-T) department on RTI activist Arvind Kejriwal as "wrongful", volunteers of NGO India Against Corruption (IAC) will be seeking donations in the form of coins from the public to pay for it.

The I-T department has levied the fine on Kejriwal – member of team Anna in the fight for strong Lokpal bill -- for violating the bond conditions signed by him when in service.

On September 11, the last day of Ganesh immersion, the volunteers will be present along all the main immersion routes -- including Juhu, Girgaum Chowpatty, Shivaji Park, Worli besides religious places and railways stations – with gunny bags and large vessels to collect the donation. Carrying placards that Kejriwal has been wrongly fined, the volunteers will request the citizens to contribute coins of 50 paise, Re 1, Rs 2, Rs 5 and Rs 10.

"Realising that Kejriwal is fighting for their cause, the public could contribute towards Kejriwal’s fine," said IAC representative Piyush Bhatia.

IAC hopes to embarrass the government by sending people’s donations. They are yet to decide on how the money would be deposited with the government.