A day after AAP Volunteer Adhikar Manch or AVAM, a splinter group of the AAP, alleged that the Arvind Kejriwal-led party received funds through “dubious” sources and produced copies of cheques issued to the party allegedly by one Jaskirat Kaur Mann, who came out to say that the two cheques were fake.
Mann also gave a day’s ultimatum to AVAM to retract its statement and apologise publicly, failing which she will take legal action against it. Mann comes from Moga district in Punjab and has been living in Canada.
The allegation that Mann is contesting is separate from the one levelled against the AAP by Avam this week, where the party is alleged to have received a total of Rs 2 crore from four “shell companies” based in Delhi.
Mann refuted AVAM’s charges and maintained that no such cheques were given to her or were encashed by her for the purpose of making a donation to AAP. “An organisation called AVAM has levelled allegations that I received a donation on behalf of AAP of Canadian $1,000 (Rs 50,000) from a company named Gagan Blueberry Growers Ltd by producing a cheque. This is signed by one Jagman Deep Singh. This is absolutely false and no cheque has been given to me or has been encashed by me,” Mann told Newsline.
“I ask them to tender an unconditional apology within 24 hours, after which we will be taking appropriate legal action,” Mann said.
According to AVAM, Mann made donations to the AAP through two cheques in December. Dated December 15, 2014, the first cheque for Canadian $1,000 — drawn from Royal Bank of Canada — was purportedly issued from Gagan Blueberry Growers and was given to the AAP by Mann.
The second cheque for Canadian $500 — dated December 20, 2014 and also drawn on the same bank — was purportedly issued by Devinder Samra and allegedly given to the party by Mann.
Mann said it is “apparent that these people are running a personal vendetta against AAP…I have my bank statement, but they did not bother to cross check basic facts”.
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