Aide quits Bedi’s NGO over travel row

October 25th, 2011 - 9:58 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Oct 25 (IANS) Team Anna member Kiran Bedi’s travel agent Anil Bal left her NGO India Vision Foundation (IVF) Tuesday, saying his reputation had suffered due to charges that the former cop had inflated her travel bills.

Bal, proprietor of Flywell Travel and also a trustee of Bedi’s NGO, used to manage her trips.

“In view of what has happened, which unnecessarily tarnished my reputation, I have decided to resign as trustee of IVF with immediate effect and have also requested IVF to engage another travel agent for their travel needs,? Bal said in a statement here.

“I and my travel agency did not ever issue any inflated demand for payment of any amount in excess of the actual fare payable for the ticket issued,” he added.

Bedi was caught in a controversy for allegedly overcharging various organisations that invited her for lectures by charging them for business class tickets even though she flew economy class.

It was also alleged that Bedi, who is entitled to a rebate on Air India tickets as a gallantry award winner, pays discounted fares but charges her host institutions the full fare.

However, Bedi said the money thus saved went to the foundation and there was no “personal gain”.

–Indo-Asian New Service

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