The Delhi High Court Thursday dismissed a plea seeking CBI probe into funding of Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in alleged violation of Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA).
“The petition is dismissed,” a bench of Chief Justice G Rohini and Rajiv Sahai Endlaw said, while passing order on the PIL.
Earlier, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) had informed the bench that nothing was found against AAP in its probe regarding allegations that it had received offshore funds in violation of FCRA provisions. AAP had termed these allegations baseless, contending the party had not flouted any law in receiving foreign funds and got donations worth Rs 30 crore from Indian citizens only and of this about Rs 8.5 crore had come from NRIs.
The MHA, in its report, had also said that eight people with foreign addresses made donations to AAP and “their passport numbers as mentioned in the contribution report of EC were checked and it was found that they possess Indian passports and NRIs holding Indian passports are not a foreign source”.
The plea, moved before the court on February 4, had also sought CBI probe against MHA officials, who in their report, had stated donations made by eight foreign residents to AAP were not in violation of the FCRA.
The PIL had also alleged “undisclosed funding to AAP was coming from terrorist groups” and the party had succeeded in stalling MHA probe against it and managed to get a favourable reply to mislead the court.