New Delhi: The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) will take legal action against those levelling allegations that it was receiving foreign funding, the party on Thursday said.
Senior party leader and AAP's Delhi convenor Ashutosh said that for the past few days rival parties had been making allegations over the funding and it is in the process of preparing a list of people "notorious" for making such claims.
"The party has decided to take a strong view on this. We are very transparent in our funding. After verification by the Ministry of Home Affairs, which is controlled by the BJP, we yesterday gave an oral submission to the Delhi High Court that our party's funding was transparent," Ashutosh said.
"The party will file a criminal defamation suit against people levelling such allegations. The message the party wants to give is that when you talk, please do that with proof."
Accusing AAP of diverting funds from NGOs of its leaders, Delhi BJP had called for a probe into such events.
"Due to lack of transparency, common man is wondering whether donation is being received at the rate of Rs 20,000 per plate or the funds of NGOs, which belonged to AAP leaders, are being diverted," Delhi BJP general secretary Ramesh had said in a press conference.
The BJP leader also asked AAP to reveal the names of all the persons who had attended and donated for the party in such programmes.
Reacting strongly after the news conference, AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal had threatened to file a defamation suit against the BJP.