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Kiran Bedi accused of inflating bills, denies ‘personal gain’

New Delhi: Already plagued by internal dissensions, Team Anna plunged into yet another controversy today with allegations against Kiran Bedi that she charged her hosts full fare on air tickets while availing discounts but the activist claimed there was ”no personal” gain.

Allegations were levelled against Bedi, a key member of Team Anna, that she used her gallantry medal to get 75 per cent discount on Air India tickets and then submitted inflated invoices to claim full fare from the organisers who had invited her to the function.

It was also alleged that she claimed business class fare even when she was travelling in economy class.

Reacting to the allegations, Bedi told PTI, “business class travel is part of the invitation/entitlement from the event organizers/corporates I’m asked to speak at. Travelling economy is a choice despite entitlement to ensure that savings remain with the NGO.

“(There is) no personal gain here. Sorry to disappoint detractors trying real hard to find a smoking gun. However, I accept this kind of coverage as a part of the challenges which being in public life poses,” she said adding the money “saved” went to NGO India Vision Foundation run by her.

Team Anna has been turmoil in the recent days following Hazare’s flipflop over Prashant Bhushan’s advocacy of plebiscite in Jammu and Kashmir and resignation of two prominent Core Committee members P V Rajagopal and Rajinder Singh complaining that decisions were not being taken democratically.

There was also dissention in the team regarding the move to launch an anti-Congress campaign in Hisar bypolls and upcoming Assembly elections without proper discussion in the Core Committee.

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