Foreign funding: Arvind Kejriwal and AAP get court relief

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New Delhi | Published: December 18, 2015 9:48:19 AM

The Delhi High Court today dismissed a plea seeking CBI probe into the funding of Arvind Kejriwal and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in alleged violation of provisions of FCRA, saying a complaint is already being probed by an agency.

The Delhi High Court today dismissed a plea seeking CBI probe into the funding of Arvind Kejriwal and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in alleged violation of provisions of FCRA, saying a complaint is already being probed by an agency.

A bench of Chief Justice G Rohini and Justice Rajiv Sahai Endlaw also declined a request for registration of a criminal case against Delhi Chief Minster Arvind Kejriwal and Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia under Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA) and conducting day-to-day trial under high court supervision.

It also refused to look into the allegation of advocate M L Sharma through a PIL that the party, Kejriwal, Sisodia, former AAP members and advocate Shanti Bhushan and Prashant Bhushan were funded by the Central Intelligence Agency through companies and trusts.

“The petitioner (Sharma) has also not been able to make out a case of the likelihood of the investigation against the respondents being not fair and proper, owing to political factors or owing to the investigative agencies being under the administrative control of the respondents….

“In the present case, we do not find any reason as to why the investigative agencies to whom the petitioner has already complained would not look into or are not looking into the allegation or would not discover the truth,” the bench said.

The court said it did not find any case or the need for any direction to be issued and dismissed the petition with clarification that “neither should the dismissal of this petition be considered as this court having expressed any view on the merits of the allegations of the petitioner nor should any observation herein be read as our having found any merit therein.”

The court also took note of the Ministry of Home Affairs reply that nothing was found against AAP in its probe report regarding allegations that it had received offshore funds in violation of FCRA provisions.

The Intelligence Bureau (IB) report had also found nothing against AAP, the Centre had stated.

AAP had termed the allegations against it as “baseless” while contending that the party had not flouted any law in receiving foreign funds and got donations worth Rs 30 crore from Indian citizens only, of which about Rs 8.5 crore had come from NRIs.

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