NEW DELHI: Taking on India Against Corruption (IAC) leader Arvind Kejriwal for the labelling graft charges against Law Minister Salman Khurshid, Congress general secretary Digvijay Singh said that Kejriwal had asked for a place in National Advisory Council (NAC).
Set up by Congress party president Sonia Gandhi, the NAC is an advisory body to monitor the implementation of UPA government's manifesto.
NDTV quoted Digvijay Singh saying: "He (Arvind Kejriwal) came to me in 2005 or 2006 with Swami Agnivesh and requested me that I should promote his name to become a member of the NAC. Probably Soniaji was wiser than me, so she refused."
He also said that Arvind Kejriwal was left with no issues to take up against Law Minister Salman Khurshid.
He said Khurshid had already replied to the allegations of embezzling funds of a trust run by his wife Louise Khurshid.
"They said there were no camps, it was proven wrong. They said handicapped did not get the articles, that was proven wrong... They said the signatures were fake... Khurshid himself has asked for it to be probed, what is the issue left with them now," Digvijay Singh told IANS.
He also questioned media reports of the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) saying that Rs.71 lakh had been embezzled by the NGO run by Louise Khurshid.
"It is surprising how the CAG report, before being tabled in the parliament, is leaked to media. Specially if the report is against Congress, it reaches media before parliament. It should be probed who is leaking the reports," he said.
"Kejrwial should be handed over all probes. It's like saying there is no account or document, but what Kejriwal is saying, is true," he added sarcastically.
Kejriwal produces 'more evidence' against Khurshid
Arvind Kejriwal Monday alleged that most of the beneficiaries of eqipment meant for handicapped people distributed by a trust run by Law Minister Salman Khurshid were "fictitious names".
Kejriwal accused Khurshid of forgery and embezzlement of funds through an NGO.
Kejriwal brought along with him some handicapped people whose names allegedly figure on the list of beneficiaries of the Khurshid-run Zakir Husain Trust. The handicapped people claimed they had not got anything from the trust during camps held in 2011.
Khurshid and Mulayam will save each other: Kejriwal
The IAC activist alleged the Uttar Pradesh government would not act against Khurshid as the ruling Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav's lawyer in a disproportionate assets case in the apex court is Salman Khurshid.
Mulayam Singh's son Akhilesh Yadav is the chief minister. "Both will save each other, Kejriwal alleged.
Khurshid denies allegation
Khurshid has denied allegations of embezzlement by his NGO.
Khurshid produced documents and pictures to prove that camps were held in Uttar Pradesh to provide hearing aids and tricycles to the disabled by his trust. He said he will meet Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to "share his experiences".
Khurshid denied any wrongdoing by the Zakir Hussain Memorial Trust, of which he is president and wife Louise is project director, and said he would pursue legal action against a TV news channel which first aired allegations of financial misappropriation in the running of the trust.
Akhilesh snubs Kejriwal
Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav today advised India Against Corruption activist Arvind Kejriwal not to damn every politician and showcase himself as the "only honest person on this planet".
Akhilesh was speaking to The Telegraph after Kejriwal alleged that the Samajwadi Party chief minister was in cahoots with Union law minister Salman Khurshid to "whitewash" the state government's probe into a philanthropic trust run by Khurshid and his wife Louise.
"He (Kejriwal) has this propensity to tar every politician on his radar. But he should stop believing that he is the only honest person on this planet. We have all been elected directly by the people and we are accountable to them eventually," Akhilesh said over the phone.
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