The Income-Tax department on Tuesday issued a notice to Arvind Kejriwal-led Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) asking why the party shouldn’t be prosecuted for alleged tampering of account books, PTI reported. The report further said that department has issued the show cause notice to the party’s convenor – Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal- and three others. The IT has sought the party’s reply in this regard by first half of this month. The report said that the central tax department has charged the Kejriwal’s party with not filing a “true and correct” contribution report about the donations received in the assessment year 2014-15. The alleged donations are reportedly been found to be over Rs 30.08 crore after year-long investigations.
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Meanwhile, Bharatiya Janata Party’s Delhi unit chief Manoj Tiwari alleged that there were “gross discrepancies” in the figures of donation amount shown by the AAP in its affidavits, party website, and what it has declared to the EC. Tiwari, whose allegations were based on a report by a TV channel, alleged there were dissimilarities in the figures which Arvind Kejriwal-led party submitted about donations received by it to the Election Commission.
“And, discrepancies exist in donation figures for both years, 2013-14 and 2014-15,” Tiwari said. “We will urge the EC to probe the entire accounts of the AAP. And based on the string of irregularities being exposed, we will also ask the EC to derecognise the party,” Tiwari was quoted as saying by Press Trust of India.
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Income-Tax department’s notice to Arvind Kejriwal’s party comes at a time when the party is embroiled in an internal tussle, with its top leaders facing massive corruption charges. Earlier in the day, dramatic scenes were witnessed inside Delhi Assembly as AAP MLA Saurabh Bharadwaj presented a demonstration on the issue of EVM tampering.
Also, axed Delhi minister Kapil Mishra continued to create trouble for AAP as the legislator submitted three complaints to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), alleging Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and minister Satyendar Jain with corruption and other irregularities.