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Government targeting anti-corruption activists: BJP


New Delhi : The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Friday accused the government of targeting anti-corruption activist Arvind Kejriwal.

The BJP reaction came after the income tax department slammed dues of more than Rs.9 Lakh on Kejriwal, a confidant of Anna Hazare, whose fast for a strong anti-corruption law sparked nationwide protests.

BJP spokesperson Rajiv Pratap Rudy said: ?It is very amusing that all these people who have raised their voice against the government have ended up with government notice.?

Kejriwal has been served a notice by the income tax department for a due of over Rs.9 Lakh, stating he violated bond conditions and his resignation from the government will be accepted only when the dues are cleared.

Kejriwal quit the Indian Revenue Service in February 2006. But in official records, he continues to be a government servant.

The government wants Kejriwal to return two years’ salary amounting to Rs.3.50 lakh and interest accumulated so far — Rs.4.16 lakh.

Kejriwal had also taken a computer loan, of which Rs 50,000 is due. The interest accumulated on the loan totals Rs.1 lakh.