AAP's funding under scanner, EC writes to Home-Ministry to investigate

24 May 2017 | By Vaneet Randhawa

The Election Commission (EC) wrote to the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), soliciting a probe into the "irregularities in funding to Aam Aadmi Party (AAP)".

The Income-Tax (I-T) Department had highlighted the discrepancies in AAP's funding process.

The request was sent to MHA as EC is not an investigating body.

It is now up to MHA to further the investigation.

In context: Where are AAP's funds coming from?

AAP's funding history

AAP told the Election Commission that in 2013-14 it accepted contributions of Rs. 9.42 crore when it first came to power in New Delhi. In 2014-15, the party witnessed a 275% fund's spike from the previous year to the tune of Rs. 35.28 crore.

06 May 2017AAP asked to explain foreign funds by Home Ministry

The Union home ministry questioned the AAP about the foreign funds the party has received.

AAP called this political witch-hunt but ministry officials claimed the information sought was a "routine exercise under which all political parties are asked to share details of their foreign funding from time to time".

The ministry also clarified that no 'show-cause notice' had been issued yet.

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I-T Department reveals more irregularities in AAP funding

09 May 2017I-T Department reveals more irregularities in AAP funding

The I-T department revealed that AAP has been incapable of explaining the source of Rs. 2 crore of donations received before 2015 election.

The officials recognized a single address under which 188 companies were registered which funded AAP.

Accounts of a certain Priya Bansal who donated Rs. 90lakh when the tax-payable on her income was Rs. 4,000 were also under the I-T department's scanner.

17 May 2017Kapil Mishra says AAP collected funds through Hawala network

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Mishra through a powerpoint presentation revealed to the press 'evidence' to support his claims that AAP received money from shell companies.

He said those evading VAT had also donated to AAP.

24 May 2017Income Tax department finds flaws in AAP's funding process

In its report to EC, the I-T department revealed alleged discrepancies and irregularities in AAP's audit report.

I-T department also asserted that the party relinquished a "wrong" audit report, and, hence, was not qualified for an exemption.

Moreover, AAP failed to follow the conditions mandated by Section 13 (A).

The I-T department said AAP should be de-recognised as a party.

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24 May 2017AAP's funding under scanner, EC writes to Home-Ministry to investigate