Press Trust of India
New Delhi, 12 November
Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde today said that the probe into the alleged foreign funding to the Aam Admi Party (AAP) was not a government initiative but done following a Delhi High Court directive.
“We have ordered the inquiry after Delhi High Court took note of the matter and passed instructions,” he told reporters, a day after making the announcement about the probe.
Delhi High Court had on 23 October asked the Centre to look “afresh” into the accounts of AAP to find out the sources of the money received by the party since its inception.
A Bench of Mr Justice Pradeep Nandrajog and Mr Justice V K Rao had asked the Centre to inform it by 10 December after going through the accounts of the AAP. “You go through the accounts again after AAP was formed. In case you find anything in violation of FCRA, take action or you inform the court about the status,” the bench had said while hearing a public interest litigation.
Mr Shinde said the foreigners division of the Home Ministry has sent a detailed questionnaire to the AAP under Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA). “We are waiting for their reply,” he said here.
The home minister had yesterday said the inquiry was ordered against the AAP after receiving several complaints. The AAP has accused the government of a “witch hunt” by ordering the probe, saying it has broken no law and demanded a similar inquiry against other political parties.