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Saturday, 20 August 2011

Cong foul play to smear Anna

The Congress, which is under fire for the mishandling of the issue of anti-corruption stir, seems to have played a quick trick on an RTI application concerning Gandhian Anna Hazare and highlighted half-baked information to paint him in poor light.

The trick seemed to have recoiled on the ruling party as an RTI response revealed that  Hazare, who was not only “honourably discharged” from the Indian Army as a sepoy after completing his 20 years of service in 1983, but also had won five medals of honour.
Right to Information (RTI ) applicant Subhash Chandra Agrawal has complained to the Indian Army as to how his application seeking information on Anna’s tenure was passed unauthorisedly to Congress spokesman Manish Tewari, who had earlier described Hazare as a person “neck-deep in corruption.”

“I was shocked  that the CPIO's said letter dated May 2   to Hazare for seeking his objections on application was referred by the spokesperson of the ruling party at the Union government in a press conference telecast by TV channels  to defame Hazare,” Agrawal said,  and demanded a probe into the leak of information.

According to the Sena Seva Corp (Abhilekh Dakshin), ASC (South) Bangalore, ex-sepoy Kisan Hazare was enrolled with the Indian Army on April 14, 1963. He joined the service as a recruit and was attested as soldier on November 16, 1963 after successful completion of training at Aurangabad.

“Hazare was holding the rank of sepoy at the time of leaving the service. He was enrolled with terms of engagement of 10 years of colour service and 10 years of reserve service,” the Army said.

The replies have come on August 3 on the application filed under the  RTI Act on April 13. To a specific query, the Army said that he had successfully completed his service.
 “Yes, he was honourably discharged from Indian Army on successful completion of service. As per records held with this office, he had never deserted the Indian Army,” it said.

Hazare had been felicitated with Sanya Seva medal, Sangram medal, 25 Independent anniversary medal, besides two others, the Army said.


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