AAP, Congress served IT Notices

NEW DELHI: The Income Tax Department has served a notice on the Aam Admi Party (AAP) seeking an explanation on the allegations that the party received funds in an irregular manner.

The notice was sent on Monday, a day before the announcement of results to the Delhi Assembly in which AAP scripted history by winning 67 out of the 70 seats and halting the BJP’s victory run since the Lok Sabha elections in May 2014. The IT Department has sent a similar notice to the Congress party.

The IT Department’s notices were served reportedly on the basis of issues highlighted by the Aam Admi Volunteer Manch (AVAM) which alleged that AAP accepted funds from firms with full knowledge that they were bogus.

The crux of the allegations leveled by AVAM, which comprises former party members, was that AAP received Rs. 2 crores in donations from four firms at the rate of Rs. 50 lakhs each in April 2014. These companies did not have activities to justify such big donations. Mr. Kejriwal’s party has been given time till February 16 to reply to the notice.

It is understood that the Income Tax department has posed seven questions to AAP asking it confirm whether it had received the money, the antecedents of the company and whether there were any other transactions between the party and these companies.

AAP leaders said the party would reply to the IT Department’s notice while the Congress accused the BJP Government of indulging in political witch-hunting.

It may be recalled that Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had alleged during the election campaign that AAP was caught red-handed while receiving dubious funds from companies that did not have any business. Mr. Kejriwal had countered the allegations and dared the Finance Minister if he had taken hawala funds.

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