New Delhi: Kiran Bedi on Tuesday found herself in fresh trouble as one of the founder members of her NGO who was managing her travels quit the group washing his hands off the controversy over inflating travel bills. (Agencies)
With attacks against Team Anna mounting, the Core Committee will meet on Saturday during which the members are expected to work out its strategy following controversies on Prashant Bhushan's remarks on Kashmir and alleged financial misconduct of Arvind Kejriwal and Bedi.
The attendance of Hazare, who is on a 'vow of silence' now, in the crucial meeting is not confirmed with Team Anna sources saying that he will attend only of he breaks his 'maun vrat'.
Though Kejriwal defended Bedi and questioned the intentions of the government in passing the Lokpal bill, Congress dismissed Hazare's charges that those in the government are behind the campaign against his team and expressed hurt at the use of phrase "gang of four" in the government by the Gandhian.
Law Minister Salman Khurshid, however, said there should be no encouragement for discord between civil society and government.
Trouble escalated for Bedi as Anil Bal, proprietor of Flywell Travel and a trustee of India Vision Foundation run by Bedi, quit the NGO alleging that her defence on overcharging her hosts has conveyed a "wrong impression" that he was responsible for inflated invoices after issuing cheaper tickets.
Bedi is under fire for overcharging hosts by inflating her travel bills by charging business class fares while going by economy class. She defended herself saying she did not personally benefit and that the money thus saved went to the foundation.
Bal said in a statement that he found it "bizarre" the resolution passed by trustees of the NGO that the travel agent should refund the excess amount collected to Bedi's hosts as he has nothing to do with them.
New Delhi: Kiran Bedi on Tuesday found herself in fresh trouble as one of the founder members of her NGO who was managing her travels quit the group washing his hands off the controversy over inflating travel bills.