AAP Party Funds
Published: November 12, 2013
AAP Party Funds, The government has sent a questionnaire to Arvind Kejriwal’s Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), asking for an explanation on the source of their foreign funds.
“AAP has not responded yet to the questionnaire,” said Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde on Tuesday. The outfit still has time to give its reply.
The investigation comes after the Delhi High Court last month asked the Centre to look into the accounts of Mr Kejriwal’s party and submit a report by December 10.
“If we are found guilty, we are ready to face double punishment. Receiving money from Non Resident Indians (NRIs) is not a crime and everything is displayed on the website; what is the problem with that?” Mr Kejriwal said today.
The fledgling political outfit, which will debut in the December 4 Delhi election, has reportedly collected around Rs.19 crore as donation from 63,000 people, ranging from rickshaw pullers, to traders, industrialists and overseas Indians.
After the home minister’s announcement of a probe, there have been calls for all parties to come clean on their finances.
“In our country, it is an offence to receive money from any foreign source. AAP received money from those who hold Indian passports. Why wasn’t any investigation held against existing political parties?” said former Karnataka Lokayukta Santosh Hegde.
Mr Hegde and Mr Kejriwal worked alongside as members of anti-corruption crusader Anna Hazare’s team or ‘team Anna” before the group split over political differences.