AAP leaders not providing information on party funds: Centre tells HC

The central government on Friday told the Delhi High Court that Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has not provided information sought by it on their funding.

Zee Media Bureau

New Delhi: The central government on Friday told the Delhi High Court that Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leaders including Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal have not provided information sought on its source of party funds.

"We have asked for certain details from them regarding bank accounts and other information vide our letter dated November 4, 2013. We had also sent another letter to them. But there is no answer," Additional Solicitor General Rajeeve Mehra, appearing for the Ministry of Home Affairs, told the court.
A division bench of Justice Pradeep Nandrajog and Justice Jayant Nath asked the petitioner, advocate ML Sharma, to include AAP as a respondent in the case and posted the matter for Feb 5, IANS reported.

Earlier, the court had directed the central government to go through the details of funds donated to AAP since its inception on Nov 26, 2012 and take action if anything was found in violation of the Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act (FCRA).
The HC last week had asked the central government and the AAP to respond to a plea seeking registration of a criminal case against party chief Arvind Kejriwal and others for allegedly receiving foreign funds in violation of the law, said an IANS report.

According to PTI, the order had came after the Centre had filed a report in which it had said that an evaluation of the accounts of civil society of Team Anna was done in 2012 and a report was filed before another bench of the high court last year in a similar PIL filed by the petitioner earlier.

The Centre had earlier submitted before the court that the issue raised by the petitioner in his PIL has already been investigated and a report was prepared on the issues earlier by the government.

Sharma, in his plea, had cited some names including that of Kejriwal and sought that "a direction be issued to register a criminal case against the respondents (AAP members) under the Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act (FCRA) and to conduct day-to-day trial proceedings under court supervision in the interest of justice."

With PTI/IANS inputs