Delhi HC to hear Ajay Maken's plea against AAP ads

The Delhi High Court will take up for hearing a plea by Congress leader Ajay Maken against misuse of public funds by Delhi government to promote the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP).

Last Updated: Jul 15, 2015, 09:53 AM IST

New Delhi: The Delhi High Court will take up for hearing a plea by Congress leader Ajay Maken against misuse of public funds by Delhi government to promote the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP).

Maken had earlier approached the Supreme Court accusing the AAP government of flouting the apex court regulations on public advertisements but the apex court refused to entertain plea saying "other efficacious remedies are available with him."

He then approached the High Court over the issue.

In his plea, Maken alleged that Kejriwal government is wasting public funds by spending heavily on its publicity campaign.

As per Maken, the AAP ad campaign violates the Governmental Advertising (Content Regulation) Guidelines, 2014, set by the Supreme Court.

The Congress leader's counsel said that the AAP government increased the budgetary allocation for the same from Rs 23.7 crore in the year to 2014-15 to Rs 526 crore.

The apex court had on May 13 barred publication of photos of leaders in government advertisements except those of the President, Prime Minister and Chief Justice of India while decrying "personality cult" as an anti-thesis of democracy.