Delhi government has given a notice to Aam Admi Party on Wednesday to deposit Rs 163.6 crore for its political advertisement. The government has given 10 days to deposit money to the state exchequer within the given time period. Alleging that the advertisements violated the Supreme Court guidelines, the DIP of the Delhi government said that necessary action would be taken as per the law if the money is not submitted to the state exchequer. People are saying that the department will seize the AAP’s headquarters at Deen Dayal Upadhyay Marg. the notice issued by the secretary( information and publicity) makes it compulsory to pay the amount within 10 days otherwise they will take strict actions against them and AAP properties can be sealed.
But till now AAP has given no reaction. On December 19, AAP convener Arvind Kejriwal has to pay the amount to the state exchequer.
Sources also said the government’s directorate audit had also hired a team to connect such audit advertisements published by DIP and its advertising agency. Following a Supreme Court order in 2015 on a string of writ petitions to hold all the state governments and centres from using public funds for their advertisements. CCRGA was constituted by the Union Ministry of Information and Broadcasting in April 2016 to regulate the content of advertisements and eliminate the unproductive expenditure of government revenue by AAP. That from not government will not pay for advertisements of any political party. The party has to pay its expenditure to the state exchequer.
CCRG has invested and has found a complaint of Congress Ajay Maken having special advertisements by the Delhi Government in “stark violation” of the rules set by the court. Then DIP found how much amount has been used in advertisements and he recover the same amount from AAP. DIP has calculated the total amount of 97.14 Rs crore has been used in their political advertisements.
Though DIP had said Arvind Kejriwal to pay Rs 42.20 crore to the state exchequer in march 2017. And also the pending amount of Rs 54.87 crore to advertising agencies or publications concerned within 30 days.