Probe ordered into alleged foreign funding of AAP: Shinde

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By The Telegraph Online
  • Published 11.11.13

New Delhi, Nov 11 (PTI): The government said on Monday it has ordered a probe into alleged foreign funding of the Aam Admi Party (AAP) after it received several complaints on the issue.

“Complaints have come to me. We are probing the matter. ...From where the funds are coming, from which country, what is the source etc. We are trying to find out all these,” Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde told reporters here in response to a question on alleged foreign funding of the AAP, formed by anti-corruption activist Arvind Kejriwal.

The Home Minister, however, said such a probe takes time and indicated that the outcome of the investigation may not come before the Delhi Assembly polls scheduled for December 4. AAP is fighting the polls.

Shinde said the inquiry has been ordered only with regard to AAP as the complaints of alleged foreign funding were against the new party.

On Sunday, Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit had questioned the source of funding of AAP, whose main election plank is to check corruption.

The AAP has been relentlessly attacking Dikshit and her government on the issue of corruption.

The new party has said it had collected around Rs 19 crore till November 8 as donations from 63,000 people including a host of non-resident Indians.        It has claimed to have received donations ranging from Rs 10 to several lakhs, from rickshawpullers to traders and industrialists to fight the polls and bring a “graft-free” administration.