STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE
New Delhi, 11 November
The government today said that it would initiate a probe into allegations of foreign funding of the newly launched Aam Aadmi Party that is contesting the 4 December Delhi Assembly election.
The Union Home Minister, Mr Sushilkumar Shinde, said the government had received several complaints on the issue.
“Complaints have come to me. We are probing the matter… From where the funds are coming, from which country, what is the source, etc. We are trying to find out all these,” the Home Minister said.
Foreign funding is not permitted to any political party under the Representation of People&’s Act and as per the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA).
The probe would be conducted by the Home Ministry and if any criminal misconduct is detected, a formal investigation would be launched.
The AAP hit back at Mr Shinde and said it was open for any independent inquiry into its funds but all political parties should also be subject to such an investigation.
Yesterday, the Delhi CM, Mrs Sheila Dikshit, had questioned the source of funding for the AAP. AAP office-bearers said the party has got donations from people who hold Indian passports. “By receiving funds from Indians, who are holding Indian passports, even if they are abroad, is not illegal under any law of the country,” said AAP convener Arvind Kejriwal. AAP officials said the party stands for honesty and clean politics and thus they were ready for any kind of probe.