The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has reportedly informed the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) that it receives foreign contributions and donations at 28 bank accounts opened across the country, a senior official said. The Intelligence Bureau (IB) has also been asked to collect details about the background of the people, who contributed to the party funds, sources said.
The party, however, has not given an inclusive list of the details of the bank accounts from where it has received money. The MHA, on its part, has sent another set of queries to the party and has asked it to respond to them.
Last week, the ministry asked the party to provide the names of all donors, who contributed from abroad. “They have only given us the details of the accounts registered in the name of the party across the country. They have a bank account in each state. They are not very clear about the identity of the donors,” a ministry official said.
In October, the Delhi High Court had also asked the ministry to conduct an inquiry into whether the foreign funding received by the party was in violation of the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA) 2010 that bars political parties from receiving money from foreign sources.
“We were already conducting the investigations on our own and even the Delhi HC had asked us to do the same,” the official said.
A few days ago, the government had informed the Delhi High Court, which is hearing a petition on the issue, that the AAP is silent on many issues raised by the Home Ministry over the past month.
“As far as the money trail is concerned, it is not the job of the home ministry alone but the finance ministry also has to be involved. They would be in a better position to explain any financial discrepancies. It is turning out to be a long-drawn process and we are going bit by bit on this,” the official said. The AAP had informe d the court earlier that it collected Rs 19 crore as donations from 63,000 persons, including NRIs till November 8 last year.