Foreign funding: Centre, EC get notices after Congress appeals HC order

Aug 23 2014, 10:23 IST
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SummaryCongress had appealed against Delhi HC verdict holding it guilty of violating foreign funding law by receiving donations from subsidiaries of Vedanta Resources.

THE Supreme Court Friday issued notices to the Centre and the Election Commission (EC) on Congress’s appeal against the Delhi High Court’s verdict holding it guilty of violating the foreign funding law by receiving donations from subsidiaries of UK-based Vedanta Resources.

The HC had asked the Centre and the EC to take appropriate actions against the Congress as well as the BJP. Agreeing to hear the Congress’s appeal, a bench led by Chief Justice of India R M Lodha said certain provisions of the Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act (FCRA) required interpretation and asked the government and the Commission to file their response within eight weeks.

The bench refused to stay the HC order but allowed the party to approach it if any coercive action is taken against it in compliance of the verdict.

Senior advocate and former law minister Kapil Sibal, appearing for the Congress, submitted that there was no concealment or suppression of such contribution which were duly reflected in the returns submitted to the EC.

“The prohibition to make any contribution to a candidate or a political party or office bearers thereof relates to foreign citizens and Indian entities, if more than one half of the nominal value of share capital of such entities are held either singly or in the aggregate by citizens of a foreign country,” the party said.

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