Kejriwal rubbishes Khurshid's claims

Activist to give more proof on Monday against the law minister, protest to continue

Kejriwal rubbishes Khurshid's claims

Rubbishing the documents produced by Salman Khurshid, Union minister for law, justice and minority affairs, to rubbish charges of misappropriation of funds by trust run by him and his wife, activist-turned-politician Arvind Kejriwal said on Sunday that he and his supporters would continue their protest at Parliament Street till the time the law minister steps down and paves way for a fair inquiry.

Addressing a few hundred supporters at the protest venue, Kejriwal said the minister has failed to answer the five questions raised by him earlier in the day and would produce more evidence on Monday morning to counter the claims made by Khurshid and his wife in their defense.

“Slaming Khurshid, says he won’t respond to the questions raised by us stating that he won't resopond to questions raised by people in the streets. The fact is he does not have any answers,” said Kejriwal.

“He admits that there is letter of an official who had already retired by the time the letter in his name was produced, but he says he must be inquired. What more is to be inquired? The matter was probed by the state government and a report was submitted on June 12 and sent to Central government which issued a show cause notice.

But now Akhilesh Yadav says this will be probed again. We suspect that it will not be a probe but an effort to destroy evidence. It appears that the issue has been settled between both of them (Yadav and Khurshid),” Kejriwal alleged.

Finding loopholes in the evidence produced by Khurshid and his wife in his defence, Kejriwal alleged that one of the pictures produced by the couple in their defence is of later date than the period when the financial bunglings were done.

He demanded that a judge of the Supreme Court must lead the investigations. “The minister must resign to ensure a free and fair inquiry. If he continues to remain a minister, he would affect the probe,” he added.

Supporters slam Khurshid

Even as hundreds of supporters gathered at the Parliament Street to extend support to the physically challenged people in their protest against Salman Khurshid, the supporters slammed the union minister for stating that the protest is being done by people who have been ‘hired’.

“The minister said that we have been hired to protest here. I would like to ask the minsiter that has he paid us from the money they have siphonned off in the name of physically challenged people,” said Harinder Singh, a physically challenged person from Ghaziabad.

The protest also got support from the city residents. A family turned up with their wheel-chair bound eight-year-old son Kanishka to extend their support.  “This is shameful. We are here to extend support to the protest,” said Himanshi, mother of Kanishka, a resident of Lawrence Road who studies at a special school in Rohini.

Faces protest in airport

Earlier in the day, Salman Khurshid returned to the capital from abroad amidst protest by the India Against Corruption volunteers at the Delhi airport. Activists of Kejriwal-led IAC raised slogans against him and attempted to show black flags.
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