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Matunga resident sends notice to Anna Hazare for not disclosing details of funds collected

Tuesday, 8 April 2014 - 8:30am IST | Agency: dna

A Matunga resident, Chetan Trivedi, 39, has sent a legal notice to anti-corruption crusader Anna Hazare asking why action should not be initiated against him for taking donations in the name of the 'Public Awareness Anna Hazare Fund' and not disclosing details of the same.

Notices have also issued to Mayank Gandhi, Praful Vora, Piyush Bhatia and to the Tarun Mitra Mandal.

The notice sent on Monday through advocate Bhushan Malgaonkar alleges that it (the act of collecting funds and not disclosing details) seems like corruption with the permission or collusion or connivance of Hazare, Gandhi, Vora and the mandal.

The notice seeks that they should immediately disclose (the amount of) donation collected during the Jan Lokpal movement held under the banner of IAC (India Against Corruption) in April, August and December 2011 at Azad Maidan by the Tarun Mitra Mandal, Jagrut Nagrik Manch and Jagrut Nagrik Charitable Trust.

The notice also seeks that details should be disclosed whether the fund sought exemption under Section 80G of the Income Tax Act, 1961, along with the serial numbers of receipts used.

It has also sought details of expenditure for the event, including expenses for various purposes relating to the Anshan and the Jan Lokpal movement. Also, details of the surplus amount left with Tarun Mitra Mandal after deducting expenditure from donation and sponsorship should be disclosed.

"In the event, that no proper reply is received from your side disclosing all the details sought within seven days from the receipt of this notice, my client will proceed to file civil suit/criminal proceeding before the Charity Commissioner, Maharashtra and any other authority including criminal courts against you, which you may kindly note," reads the notice.

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