New Delhi: A Delhi court on Saturday ordered registration of FIR against former IPS officer Kiran Bedi for allegedly cheating and misappropriating funds in collusion with foreign companies and other foundations.

Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Amit Bansal directed the crime branch of Delhi Police to register the case against the key Team Anna member on a complaint by Delhi-based lawyer Devinder Singh Chauhan, who has alleged that she has "looted" various paramilitary forces and state police organisations in the name of imparting free computer training through 'Meri Police' under the banner of her trust 'India Vision Foundation'.

Chauhan in his complaint alleged that Bedi got a donation of more than Rs 50 lakh from Microsoft in the name of free computer training to the kids and families of the personnel of
BSF, CISF, ITBP, CRPF and other state police organisations.

The complainant alleged that Bedi's trust was to impart free computer training to the kids and families of the cops.

"Instead of imparting free training or distributing free computers, Kiran Bedi in collusion with some unknown persons cheated Vedanta Foundation and made a plan to cheat the kids of cops and various paramilitary forces and civil polices and for the purpose Kiran Bedi planned to collect Rs 20,000 per month per training centre.

"For the purpose of siphoning money for herself, Kiran Bedi entered into a donation agreement with Vedanta according to which Rs 6,000 out of the total money of Rs 20,000 was to be paid by Vedanta to her two trusts (India Vision Foundation and Navjyoti Foundation) on the false ground that Kiran Bedi had arranged for the land and electricity for the said centre (training centre) for running their activities," the complainant said.

He alleged that the facility of land and electricity were arranged by the police organisation and Bedi had nothing to do with these arrangements.

Chauhan claimed that Bedi is getting huge money from abroad as donation to her two trusts and it needs to be probed by the Enforcement Directorate.

He alleged that Bedi is liable to be prosecuted for various offences including sections 420 (cheating), 406 (criminal breach of trust), 477A (falsification of accounts) and 120B (criminal conspiracy) of IPC. Reacting to the court order, Bedi said it did not take her by surprise.

"I am informed an FIR is registered against me. For me now nothing is a surprise! It only strengthens my resolve to do more," she said.

Team Anna plea for probe into CWG dismissed

Meanwhile, a Delhi court on Saturday dismissed the plea of members of Team Anna and others seeking a direction to the probe agencies to investigate and lodge an FIR for alleged corruption in the Commonwealth Games-related cases.

Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Amit Bansal, who rejected the application for  registration of the FIR, however, said if Kiran Bedi, Arvind Kejriwal, Swami Agnivesh, yoga guru Ramdev and others want to furnish any further evidence in support of their claims, they could submit it on February 7.

"The application is dismissed. As far as CWG scam is concerned, I am not passing any order now. The date fixed for further evidence, if any, will be February 7," the court said.

The complainants had alleged that despite massive corruption in the Games-related works, probe agencies have not been probing all the cases.

They alleged contracts were awarded for Games-related projects without following any procedure. The petitioners have also alleged that despite the hue and cry by the media over alleged corruption in holding last year's mega sporting event, the government agencies have not done much to book the corrupt and erring officials involved in the graft.

They had filed 18 complaints with the Parliament Street police station as well as with the Anti-Corruption Branch of the Delhi Police and CBI seeking registration of FIR and prosecution of persons, involved in alleged irregularities, under the IPC and the Prevention of Corruption Act.

The petitioners had also written a letter to the SP, CBI, on November 14 last year apprising him of the alleged offences of the public servants as well as private persons involved in the corruption in the Games-related works.

(JPN/Agencies)