21 May 2024

Allegations of Illegal Foreign Funds Rock AAP Amidst Political Turmoil, What Atishi Said?

The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) found itself embroiled in another controversy as the Enforcement Directorate (ED) alleged that the party received ₹7 crore in illegal foreign funds from donors in Canada, the United States, the Middle East, New Zealand, and Australia between 2014 and 2022. 

AAP leader Atishi vehemently denied these claims, attributing them to political motives orchestrated by the BJP, which she accused of resorting to such tactics ahead of the upcoming elections.

The ED sources revealed that the foreign funds received by AAP violated the provisions of the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA), which prohibits political parties from accepting foreign donations. 

Many donors had shared identical passport details: ED

The agency pointed out that many donors had shared identical passport details, credit card information, mobile phone numbers, and email IDs. The ED further alleged that AAP concealed donor identities and channeled the funds into an account with IDBI Bank Ltd to bypass legal restrictions.

These revelations came to light during investigations into a drug smuggling case involving former AAP MLA Sukhpal Singh Khaira, who is now associated with the Congress party. The ED claimed that documents seized from Khaira's residence contained information about the donors, some of whom purportedly misappropriated funds for personal gain.

The ongoing clashes between AAP and BJP have intensified in the lead-up to the 2024 Lok Sabha elections, with issues such as Arvind Kejriwal's arrest in connection with a liquor policy scam and assault allegations against his aide Bibhav Kumar fueling tensions between the two parties. The political landscape remains charged as both sides engage in a war of words and accusations in the run-up to the elections.

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