Lieutenant Governor (LG) of Delhi “Anil Baijal” has asked the AAM Aadmi Party of Arvind Kejriwal to payback Rs. 97 crore of the public money spent on Advertisements as per the norms of the Supreme Court on limit of expenses a party can do on their Advertisements.
Baijal has also asked for an inquiry to find out the total expenses that have been done to advertise Arvind Kejriwal & AAM Aadmi Party. AAP will be asked to reimburse the money within a months time. The decision was made after a month of Centre appointing a 3 member committee to look into the issue. As per the sources out of Rs. 97 crore government has already paid Rs. 42 crore on ads & rest 55 crore is yet to be paid. LG has instructed Chief Secretary M M Kutty to get the amount reimbursed from AAP.
Last year, the 3 member committee, headed by former Chief Election Commissioner B B Tandon, was formed by the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting on directions of the Supreme Court to take care of issues related to Content Regulation in Govt Advertisement Budgets.
In an earlier report by the CAG (Comptroller & Auditor General) had informed that AAP had spent Rs. 29 crore on advertisements outside its territory Delhi for promotions which was beyond its responsibility.
AAP officials have denied the report & said they are not informed of any such issue. One official said “Neither the chief minister, deputy chief minister or the party has been intimated. We cannot react until we are well informed about it,”